And he and other environmentalists are not feeling cheery about the DEP’s rewriting of the rules, given that the department works for pro-corporation Governor Paul LePage, a Republican; given that the DEP is led by former corporate lobbyist Patricia Aho; and given that the DEP hired North Jackson, of Michigan, a company with close ties to the mining industry, to consult on the regulations.
The regulations, however, will have to be approved in 2014 first by the Board of Environmental Protection, an independent group of citizens, and then by the Legislature. So this story — even if it is about vast corporate power — is far from over. The Bald Mountain saga will continue.
: News Features
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