When I was a child, you could practically walk across the Androscoggin river, the foam and toxic ooze covering the surface were so thick. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, drafted and pushed through by Maine Senator Ed Muskie 45 years ago this Tuesday, the Androscoggin and thousands of other rivers across our state are cleaner than they’ve been in a generation. While there’s still work to be done, the Clean Water Act has been a stunning success for Maine.
Sadly, the Trump administration and Scott Pruitt’s EPA seem committed to reversing these decades of progress. To take just one example: airborne mercury remains one of the primary contributors to water pollution in Maine, but Pruitt is seeking to overturn or relax regulations on mercury emissions, potentially making the problem far worse. That’s why I’ve taken action at every opportunity to protect our environment:
As Governor, I’ll continue to do everything in my power to keep our air and water clean.