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November 20, 2013 Mining

Mining is an essential component of Maine's economy. Our roads and buildings are built from materials dug from the earth. Other materials required for manufacturing can only be procured through mining, including metals, gems and other minerals. The mining process provides jobs, inputs for manufacturing and construction and generates export earning for the state.

Mining can also create significant environmental and health challenges. Workers may be exposed to hazardous conditions, neighbors may have their homes rattled by blasting, roads ruined by heavy vehicles, and water quality damaged by toxic leaching from slag piles unearthed and discarded. How can we satisfy our need for mined-materials without causing long-lasting environmental degradation?

Join our dialogue about making Maine a healthy place to live.

Audio Archives


Rep. Ralph Chapman

Maine State Legislator, HD 37
Environmental Scientist

Rep. Ralph Chapman

Lindsay Newland Bowker CPCU, ARM, Environmental Risk Manager

Bowker Associates, Science & Research In the Public Interest, Stonington Maine

Lindsay Newland Bowker, Environmental Risk Manager, Mineral Mining Blog

Lindsay Newland Bowker


  • Notice of Public Hearing and Comment Period
    Chapter 200 Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining Rules
    On October 17, 2013, the Board of Environmental Protection will be holding a public hearing on the Department’s draft mining rules.  The hearing will be held at the Augusta Civic Center, and will begin at 9:00 AM.  All interested parties may attend the public hearing and/or submit their comments in writing no later than 5:00 PM on October 28, 2013 to:
    Jeffrey Crawford, Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
    17 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333
    / (fax) 207-287-7826

For a copy of the proposed rules, please use the following link: http://www.maine.gov/dep/rules/#605229


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