January 7, 2022

The Maine Legislature has begun Committee meetings for the Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature.

This week the Environment and Natural Resource Committee voted Ought Not to Pass on LD 1532 An Act To Protect Maine’s Air Quality by Strengthening Requirements for Air Emissions Licensing.

MEMA testified in opposition to this bill in 2021, as the bill is a bit too aggressive at this point as well as premature. There isn’t data at this point to support this bill that potential creates a burden on Maine citizens and businesses. This bill would have been costly for the state and the hundreds of hospitals, colleges and businesses with air permits and the hundreds of thousands of Mainers who use their products and services.

Additionally, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is already monitoring air quality across the state and has the authority to address potential air quality issues.

181 new bills have been printed to date.