Activists Slam Changes To Maine Mining Regulations

By ALANNA DURKIN

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) â¿¿ Activists say mining regulations drafted by the Maine environmental department will weaken the land and water protections and won't protect the environment from sulfuric acid and other toxins.

The state Board of Environmental Protection held a hearing Thursday at which environmental groups, residents and lawmakers pushed back against the proposed regulatory overhaul. The changes have been brought on by renewed interest in metallic mining of gold, silver, copper and other metals in Aroostook County's Bald Mountain.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and others criticize the new regulations. But supporters say opponents merely want to stymie future mining operations altogether. They cite jobs and other opportunities for struggling northern Maine.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from Stocks

Has Wall Street Completely Lost Its Mind on General Electric?

Has Wall Street Completely Lost Its Mind on General Electric?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Cracking Under Immense Stress and Investors Should Worry

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Cracking Under Immense Stress and Investors Should Worry

10 Questions for PayPal Ahead of Its Big Investor Day

10 Questions for PayPal Ahead of Its Big Investor Day

Trump Tariff Threat, Deutsche Bank, Elon Musk and Apple - 5 Things You Must Know

Trump Tariff Threat, Deutsche Bank, Elon Musk and Apple - 5 Things You Must Know

High-Flying Mutual Funds Begin to Favor Energy but Tech Still Reigns Supreme

High-Flying Mutual Funds Begin to Favor Energy but Tech Still Reigns Supreme