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City nears resolution with EPA over Clean Water Act violations

Portland is still negotiating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred between 2007 and 2009 and at the same time moving forward with upgrades to the city's wastewater systems.

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Will the New England ski season fall short again?

Used to be, New England winters were big snow years or low snow years — but never no snow years. The New England skier was not raised to consider snow an unreliable occurrence.

But after a winter with little more than trace amounts of snow, which followed a winter of record snowfalls, it is hard to have clear expectations as ski season begins.

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State hires Michigan firm for mining regulations overwrite

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has chosen a Michigan firm to help the agency carry out the first major rewrite of the state’s metallic mining regulations in two decades.

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Slowing cargo ships cuts pollution near ports by more than half, study finds

Slowing cargo vessels near coastlines by 10 to 15 miles per hour could dramatically cut ships’ air pollution, according to a new study. But only a few U.S. ports have initiated such efforts. A speed limit of 14 mph, down from the current cruising speeds of 25 to 29 mph, would cut nitrogen oxides – a main ingredient of smog – by 55 percent and soot by almost 70 percent. It also would reduce carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse gas and key contributor to climate change – by 60 percent. With 100,000 ships carrying 90 percent of the world’s cargo, air pollution is a heavy burden for people living near ports, so slowing ships could improve their health, researchers say.

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Maine ripe for energy-efficiency savings, study says

Maine homes and businesses could trim their overall electricity consumption by 16 percent over the next decade by installing more-efficient lights, equipment and appliances, a new study for Efficiency Maine Trust has concluded.

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