Maine Politics

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Maine's Delegation Responds to New EPA Rules

From today's PPH article on the new mercury rules:
Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, called the rule "woefully inadequate and profoundly disappointing," and said it "will not address - and could even exacerbate - the formation of mercury hotspots."

Her Republican colleague, Sen. Susan Collins said that she "will review the proposal when it comes out, but I am concerned that it will not fix the core problem. I intend to continue to push for more stringent standards."

Collins was a co-sponsor of the Clean Power Act.

U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat who represents Maine's 1st Congressional District, said the rule is "literally written by the polluters' lawyers and blatantly in violation of law." He said the EPA "has stained its own credibility."

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