[HCCN] ON NOW (10-11): WERU call-in discussing Maine waste management

Dick Atlee atlee at dickatlee.com
Wed May 8 10:19:25 EDT 2019

The following announcement was bounced by the HCCN list because it was 
posted by a non-member. I didn't notice this until now. If anyone is 
reading email at this moment and is interested, tune-in!

*LISTEN/CALL-IN to Radio Special on Efforts to Reform Destructive Waste
Policy in Maine*

*      Tomorrow [TODAY, NOW]: Wednesday, May 8th, 10-11 am*
*      Listen: 89.9 FM or **www.weru.org <http://www.weru.org>*
*      Call-In: 207-469-0500 *

   The Maine Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee is
currently considering reforms to state waste policy. We will speak with
community activists and advocates about these reforms and the the on the
ground realities. Please call in with your questions or comments.

   LD 401, An Act To Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote
Recycling,? would request the accurate tracking and record keeping of waste
from its generation to final disposal point, including as landfill leachate
discharged into Maine waterways, including Juniper Ridge Landfill leachate
deposited into the Penobscot River. It would walk back a 2011 state statute
that allows out of state waste to be re-classified as in-state waste. It
would also walk back the ability for the state to meet recycling goals by
counting construction and demolition debris used as landfill covering and
waste biosolids used as agricultural fertilizer. It would strengthen
protections for the health of those living in close proximity to waste
disposal facilities, including the Penobscot Nation.

The State Department of Environemental Protection is offering up their own
bill (LD 112), which will receive a public hearing, Friday, May 10th at

Hillary Lister,  waste and environmental justice activist
Ed Spencer, community resident impacted by Juniper Ridge Landfill, Old Town
Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot Nation
others TBA

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