Thursday, December 26, 2013

Maine DEP may have increased legislative overight, but no investigation

For those following events at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, an update from today's Portland Press Herald:

The department -- and lobbyist-turned-commissioner Patricia Aho -- may face increased oversight from lawmakers. Two bills are to be considered in the January "emergency" legislative session, one focused on dam relicensing, the other on rulemaking. But Democratic legislators say an investigation of past activities at the department looks unlikely. Details in the story, along with some developments regarding the Kid Safe Products Act.

The developments follow the publication of my five-part, three-day series on Aho's DEP in June and stories on the department's subsequent failures in regards to dam relicensing here and here.

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