Senate unanimously supports Millett bill to inform public of local air contamination
AUGUSTA — A bill by Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, was supported unanimously in the Maine Senate on Tuesday. LD 1706, “An Act to Ensure Public Notification of Air Quality Violations,” would require the Department of Environmental Protection to notify an affected municipality when the department issues a notice of violation or receives notice of violation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Ensuring impacted communities are notified of air quality violations is a matter of transparency and public health,” said Sen. Millett. “I am pleased my colleagues have voted in favor of this common-sense measure.”
Earlier this year, South Portland learned of a consent decree filed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency that resulted from its findings that Global Partners LP had been violating the federal Clean Air Act for more than a decade at its petroleum storage facility on the Fore River. No information regarding these violations had been shared with the municipality, including the residential neighborhoods surrounding these facilities.
LD 1706 will ensure the local municipalities have the information they need to keep their citizens informed of any impacts in their community.
The bill now faces further votes in the Maine Senate and House.