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PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week ...Read More

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PHOTO: The latest Kids Count Data Book ranks Maine third in the nation for children's health, but 29th in terms of their family economic stability. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine ranks among the best places in the nation for children's health, according to a new report, but the research also indicates many challenges remain for families. The latest Kids Count Data Book ranked the state in the top five for kids' health, but Claire Berkowitz, research a...Read More

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PHOTO: Two Lights State Park in Cumberland County is among the beneficiaries of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress initially passed legislation creating the fund 50 years ago this week. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to pass a proposed constitutional amendment to give states and Congress more control of political campaign spending. The 10-8 vote was along party lines. Photo courtesy U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

AUGUSTA, Maine – A proposed constitutional amendment to give states and Congress control over political campaign spending is moving forward, and folks in Maine may want to pay particular attention. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to eight, along party lines, to pass Senate Joint Reso...Read More

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PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

PORTLAND, ME - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Po...Read More

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Maine gets a B-minus in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn’t support – new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. The study is timed for the White House Summit on Working Families. Photo credit: National Partnership for Women and Families.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine gets a B-minus in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn't support – new parents in terms of such things as leave time and job protection. The report, from the National Partnership for Women and Families, acknowledges where Maine goes beyond...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report finds Maine manufacturers have more to lose from disruptions caused by climate change than the costs associated with proposed EPA carbon standards. Photo credit: Taneli Rajala/wikimedia commons.

PORTLAND, Maine – A new report finds the cost of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon pollution standards is modest when compared to lost production due to severe weather caused by climate change. It's estimated the EPA’s proposed standards will raise electricity price...Read More

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PHOTO: Updated building codes related to insulation, along with other energy-efficient policies, could help Maine meet EPA carbon-reduction standards, according to a new report. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations to require carbon-pollution controls at existing coal-fired power plants are expected in about a week. There have been warnings about costs that would be passed along to consumers, but a study from the American Council for ...Read More

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