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BUREAU OF PARKS AND LANDS REVERSES STANCE ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

Augusta,ME — The Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has reversed an earlier effort to remove law enforcement authority from park staff and is now scheduling law enforcement training for park rangers and managers. Beginning in September, park personnel are scheduled...

LURC REVOKES ALLAGASH BRIDGE PERMIT

Augusta – In a surprise move, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has revoked permission for a logging company to replace a wooden bridge with a new steel- reinforced span in the heart of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The reversal resulted from a...

STATE DIRECTOR LEAVING THE LAND USE REGULATION COMMISSION

Augusta, ME – Citing the impending departure of Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) director John S. Williams, Maine PEER is calling for a sorely needed assessment of the agency’s effectiveness in enforcing the law. Recent developments, including...

ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY MISHANDLED TOXIC MATERIALS

Augusta. . . Improper storage of hazardous wastes by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) created health risks for their own employees, according to agency documents released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Maine...

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REACHED IN ALLAGASH WHISTLEBLOWER CASE

Fired Allagash Wilderness Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly has accepted a settlement agreement from the Maine Department of Conservation, announced Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) today. In June, 1999 Department of Conservation Commissioner...

MAINE WILDERNESS UNDER ATTACK

Millinocket. . .The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is threatened by increasing political pressure to develop, and rangers are being hampered from enforcing environmental rules, according to a report released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental...

LAW ENFORCEMENT BREAKDOWN IN STATE PARKS

Millinocket – Maine State Park managers are denied the tools they need to address serious visitor safety and other law enforcement problems, according to a survey of permanent and seasonal managers and rangers released today by Maine Public Employees for...

LATE CHARGES WAIVED FOR REP. MARTIN

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has waived late fees for Representative John Martin despite repeated threats to cancel his camp lease, according to documents released today by Maine PEER.Representative Martin leases a lot from the Bureau of Public Lands in T16R6...

STATE CAMP ENDS UP IN HANDS OF STATE LEGISLATOR

Millinocket – As a result of a property giveaway, a state-owned camp is being used by a Maine state legislator who has failed to pay tax assessments, according to documents released today by Maine Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (MainePEER)....