Maine Board of Environmental Protection has ” indefinitely postponed” its planned April 16th public hearing on a petition by Don’t Waste Maine to add three new definitions to state waste rules.
The rules change would add three new definitions to Chapter 400
* “Waste that is generated within the State”
* “Equal Protection,”
* “Environmental Justice”
Why? When construction and demolition debris waste is trucked into Maine from New York City, Hartford, Boston and other metropolitan areas arrives, the best selling bits are scavenged out, then the rest is magically redefined as “Maine waste” and gets taken to a state landfill. The health and safety of the communities around the landfill site are rarely taken into serious consideration
ABOUT THE DEFINITIONS
(1) “Waste that is generated within the State” means waste materials for which the original point of discard is located within the State of Maine.”
(By comparison, the existing rule’s definition of “waste that is generated within the State” includes “…waste whether generated within the State or outside of the State used for daily cover, frost protection or stability in accordance with all applicable rules and licenses;…”)
The existing wording is a very dubious triple decker loophole that lets the wastes pour in: they are only importing megatons of mixed construction and demolition waste to make us _safer_.
1. “Daily cover” is just the last layer of waste dumped then dozered to cover the other waste.
2. Frost protection: no frostbitten rats.
3. “Stability”? How nice: making it bigger and bigger makes the waste mounds stabler and stabler. How much of Old Town can they take up to make these things really really stable?
Two other important definitions will be added by Don’t Waste Maine’s petition.
(2) “Equal Protection,” means protection of all groups of people, regardless of ancestry, class, disability, ethnicity, income, national origin, or religion, from an unfair burden of environmental hazards resulting from waste facility operations.
(3) “Environmental Justice” means the right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment regardless of ancestry, class, disability, ethnicity, income, national origin, or religion.”
The new rule goes on to say “Environmental justice shall include the equal protection and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of waste management laws, regulations, and licensing decisions”
Read the petition here: https://tinyurl.com/me-waste-petition
We’ll keep you posted as circumstances change.