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Questioning Pruitt
Natural Resources Defense Council - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will be in the hot seat at two important congressional committee hearings on April 26. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is already on record calling for Pruitt to resign. It is important that she ask Pruitt hardball questions — and hold his feet to the fire if he tries to dodge them.
MRC Will Work With Towns That Won't Landfill Waste Amid Biofuel Plant Delays
Maine Public - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Members of the Municipal Review Committee said Wednesday that it will work with communities that are uncomfortable with an interim plan to temporarily send their municipal solid waste to a landfill until the new Hampden Fiberight plant is operational. Fiberight officials told the board members while they hope to start accepting municipal waste in July, their plant will not be fully operational until sometime during the first quarter of next year.
Pingree pushes Trump to dispose of Pruitt
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Since facing nearly a dozen federal inquiries into his lavish spending and indecent industry ties, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will face his first public questioning from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and other members of the House Appropriations committee on Thursday. Pingree is part of a bipartisan group of 140 Representatives and 39 Senators who’ve signed on to a resolution calling for Pruitt to resign. Pingree also joined a letter to President Trump demanding that Pruitt be fired for his gross misuse of taxpayer money, improper connections to interests before his agency, and for being unqualified for the job he presently holds.
Maine canoe maker now a master
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Canoe maker Steve Cayard of Wellington has been named a recipient of the 2018 Master Craft Artist Award by the Maine Crafts Association. Cayard was a catalyst in the renaissance of birch bark canoe-making with David Moses Bridges and is included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.
Here’s a Scorecard of the Scott Pruitt Investigations
Bloomberg News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Scott Pruitt drew criticism from the moment President Donald Trump installed him at the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, since the former Oklahoma attorney general had built his career challenging EPA rules. But that was nothing compared with the deluge of damaging revelations that have emerged in recent months. At last count, there were at least nine open investigations of Pruitt, not counting informal inquiries. Here’s a guide to who is investigating Pruitt and what’s under the microscope.
Editorial: It is time for Scott Pruitt to go as head of the EPA
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

There is a growing list of reasons why President Donald Trump should fire Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt’s outright hostility to environmental regulations and his deference to corporate polluters were reason enough for Trump not to hire him to oversee the department meant to safeguard America’s air, water and land. It is also becoming obvious that Pruitt believes ethics rules and standards don’t apply to him. It is time to put a stop to his imperial reign at the EPA and to end his squandering of taxpayer dollars. Pruitt’s actions make a mockery of the notion of public service and are a huge distraction for the Trump administration and Congress when both need to be focused on pressing issues. It is time for him to go.
Scott Pruitt’s New Rule Could Completely Transform the EPA
Other - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

The Atlantic - In one sweeping move, the Trump administration may soon not only destabilize the last three decades of clean air and water rules, but also completely overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses science in its work. If EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s recently-proposed rule gets enacted, it will spark a revolution in environmental regulation. But the question is—will it stand up in court?
Opinion: Quebec hydro line is not without environmental costs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Now that the Northern Pass, a utility company plan to deliver Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts through New Hampshire, is off the table, Central Maine Power is trying to fast-track a similar project through Maine. New Hampshirites understood that damaging their tourist-based economy by blighting their landscape with high-voltage power lines for temporary jobs was not a good deal, and it won’t be here, either. It is simply outsourcing carbon emissions to Quebec, because Quebec hydropower is not emission free or green. The Cree and Innu have had their land despoiled to ship power to the south, and now western Maine will be used similarly. While the benefits of the power are passed to the south, the costs are very much here. ~ Steve Bien, Jay
LePage administration agrees to post signs directing drivers to Katahdin monument
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

The LePage administration has agreed to allow signs on Interstate 95 and state highways directing drivers to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, more than a year and a half after the monument officially opened. Gov. Paul LePage, a vocal opponent of the monument, had successfully lobbied President Trump to include Katahdin Woods and Waters in the controversial review of more than two dozen monuments nationwide. Now that the monument’s designation is no longer in question, the Department of Transportation “is working with U.S. Department of Interior officials to expedite the production and installation of the KWWNM signs,” LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said.
Scott Pruitt Is Either A Liar Or Grossly Incompetent
Huffington Post - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

We are far beyond the point where we should be giving Pruitt the benefit of the doubt. He has presided over the reckless and illegal spending of taxpayer dollars. He is the walking definition of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. He is either a liar or grossly incompetent. There are no other options. It’s time for President Donald Trump to take responsibility for his own cabinet and dismiss Pruitt.
The Carter Nature Preserve
Yankee Magazine - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

The goal was simple: to buy wild shoreland to protect it from developers. What, we asked ourselves, does preserve mean? Preserved for what? And for whom? We have learned that saving 23 acres is a beginning, that wildlife, to thrive, needs much more than that, and that keeping the character and the heritage of a beloved place also needs much more than that. Working with our land trust, we have helped save more than 200 acres in the Morgan Bay watershed, including our Carter Nature Preserve. Children growing up around here will have what my children had, not remnants, but the real thing: wild places deep enough to teach them about the world.
Blog: Baldacci’s answer to ‘what have you done for the people today?’
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Former Gov. John Baldacci is being honored this week by the University of Maine with the Alumni Career Award. He’s earned it – and a lot more – for a lifetime of public service. On environmental issues, he conserved more than a million acres in the state preserving access for generations to come and completed the deal that brought Katahdin Lake into Baxter State Park, completing Gov. Percival Baxter’s vision. He fought to clean up toxic waste sites and helped negotiate the groundbreaking Regional Green House Gas Initiative to reduce pollution and bring new energy efficiency dollars into the state. ~ David Farmer
Swan’s Island special hunt kills only two deer
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Swan’s Island special hunt kills only two deer.
Everything you need to know to enjoy wild mushrooms
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Linda and I love wild mushrooms, focusing on chanterelles and black trumpets. Last year we picked 8 pounds of chanterelles. Now, you’ve got a chance to do this too, thanks to my friend Tom Seymour and his new guide, Foraging Mushrooms in Maine, a Falcon Guide published by Rowan and Littlefield.
Blog: Pete McCloskey speaks out on Earth Day
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

The founder of Earth Day in 1970 was a Democrat, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He wanted Earth Day, set for April 22nd, to be a bipartisan and bicameral effort, and I was honored when he asked me to be his Republican Co-Chairman. There was bi-partisan support for landmark legislation for Clean Air, Clean Water, protection of wildlife habitat, coastal zones and national forests. That lasted for 24 years, but ended with the election of Newt Gingrich as Speaker in 1994. Now, in 2018, the environmental protections of those earlier years are being dismantled by a President and a Republican Congress who think that even basic environmental protections are unnecessary. A pox on these new Republicans. Let’s vote them out and save the Earth. ~ Pete McCloskey, Co-Chair, Earth Day, 1970
Unusual spring weather leaves Maine maple syrup in short supply
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Maple trees release the prized, clear sap that producers around the state turn into thick, amber syrup, when temperatures fall below freezing at night and warm up during the day. Typically, the season — and the sap — runs February into April, depending on geography and weather. But this year producers fears the season in northern Maine may be over before it even really began because the sap never ran at full speed like in a typical year.
Sign ban’s end spurs cautious optimism for Katahdin monument supporters
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Its largest advocacy group hopes to get on with developing Maine’s national monument now that Gov. Paul LePage has allowed state officials to post monument signs on state roads. “We are so glad that he is come around,” said Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. “From a friends group perspective, the more this cloud lifts, the more people are likely to invest in the monument and the communities that surround it.”
Editorial: Climate change policy: Pretend it doesn’t exist
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Two separate reports released in January found that the Trump administration scrubbed hundreds of website pages connected to state and local climate remediation programs, as if refusing to acknowledge climate change makes it any less real. This kind of absurd denial should not be a surprise. Trump has as his administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, who had spent a career opposed to the agency’s central mission of protecting natural resources. dumps. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken much the same tack. That goes against the science, which says that our continued reliance on oil, gas and coal is making us sick, and hurting the planet in innumerable ways.
Letter: Trash dilemma
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

As someone who has had to think about trash for more than 40 years, I was appalled to read that tons of garbage from area towns will be landfilled, possibly for the next 12 to 18 months. Why were no contingency plans made on the assumption that Fiberight may not open on schedule? Why is the Municipal Review Committee not suing Fiberight for breach of contract, for failing to open on time? Did no one consider that winter weather might cause delays? When I cautioned Hampden town officials about this project, I feared it was too good to be true. We were sold a bill of goods, and now the worst case scenario — landfilling tons of garbage — will be occurring. ~ Kathy W. Walker, Hampden
Farmington considers plan to remove dam endangering salmon
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Farmington Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed a $1.2 million proposal from the Atlantic Salmon Federation for removal of the Walton’s Mill Dam and upgrades to a surrounding public park that would include new restrooms, a pavilion and event space. The proposal, which is expected to be considered by voters in a November referendum, offers an alternative to leaving the dam in place and building fish passageways at an estimated cost to the town of $750,000. The cost of the group’s proposal would be covered entirely by the organization but has been met with opposition from proponents of keeping the dam. “Either way the town has to make a decision, because right now we’re in violation of the Endangered Species Act,” Town Manager Richard Davis said.
Scott Pruitt’s Political Patron Now Questions the E.P.A. Chief’s Ethics
New York Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, may be losing support even from his staunchest allies. His longtime political patron, Senator James Inhofe, said Tuesday that he would like to see an investigation into the ethical allegations against his protégé. If any prove true, he said, they could “have an effect” on Mr. Pruitt’s job.
Ticks & Lyme: What is the outlook for vector-borne disease this year?
Maine Public - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Maine Calling guests: Rob Smith, Director & Co-Founder of the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory as well as Director of the Division of Infectious Disease at Maine Medical Center; Chuck Lubelczyk, Field Biologist with the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center.
Companies Can Stave off Forest Tipping Points
Other - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Conservation Finance Network - What started as a dinner-party conversation between Apple leaders has turned into a forest-management investment initiative in the United States and China that goes beyond existing responsible sourcing practices. Apple started with a donation of 32,400 acres of conservation easements in Maine and over 3,600 acres in North Carolina. Moving past this goal involved looking into where the sourcing originates and seeing how these decisions could improve forest management.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: Delete Decades Of Science In The Name Of 'Transparency'
Other - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Forbes - Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator, has systematically removed science from environmental decisions and regulations in the United States. Now, he's working on yet another rule that would eliminate decades of scientific studies from being considered when writing regulatory standards.nNearly 1,000 scientists signed and sent a letter to Scott Pruitt urging him not to move forward with his proposed rule.
State Reports Nearly 100 Wildfires and Many Acres Burned
Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service says the number of wildfires in the state is approaching 100 and that more than 60 acres have burned so far this year.
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