An Act to Protect Maine’s Clean Water and Taxpayers from Mining Pollution (2017)

Pollution from metallic mineral mining poses a significant threat to Maine’s waters and to the taxpayers who are frequently left paying the cleanup cost. After several years of rejecting too-weak mining rules, the legislature enacted LD 820, a strong set of regulations that will protect clean water and taxpayers from the impacts of metallic mineral mining pollution. The bill prohibits mining on public lands and under lakes, rivers, streams, brooks, and wetlands. The bill also prohibits open pit mines and tailings impoundments (ponds that hold mining waste). LD 820 requires any mining company to provide financial assurance to cover a ‘worst case’ mining failure scenario as determined by an independent third party. The governor vetoed the bill and the legislature overrode the veto. The veto override votes are scored here.

YES IS THE PRO ENVIRONMENT VOTE

Senate Votes

District Name Vote
25 Catherine Breen
27 Benjamin M. Chipman
16 Scott W. Cyrway
4 Paul T. Davis
32 Susan A. Deschambault
26 Bill Diamond
5 James F. Dill
1 Troy Dale Jackson
18 Lisa Keim
21 Nathan L. Libby
29 Rebecca J. Millett
12 David R. Miramant
8 Kimberley C. Rosen
23 Eloise A. Vitelli
33 David C. Woodsome

House Votes

District Name Vote
138 Robert W. Alley, Sr.
67 Susan M. W. Austin
8 Christopher W. Babbidge
14 Donna Bailey
55 Seth A. Berry
63 Bruce A. Bickford
114 Russell J. Black
3 Lydia Blume
80 Richard T. Bradstreet
61 Heidi E. Brooks
24 Mark E. Bryant
127 Barbara A. Cardone
68 Richard M. Cebra
42 Benjamin T. Collings
25 Patrick W. Corey
49 Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry
72 Kathleen R. J. Dillingham
85 Donna R. Doore
122 Michelle Ann Dunphy
111 Bradlee Thomas Farrin
66 Jessica L. Fay
11 Ryan M. Fecteau
118 Chad Wayne Grignon A
102 Stacey K. Guerin
101 David G. Haggan
87 Jeffery P. Hanley
19 Matthew A. Harrington
117 Frances M. Head A
81 Craig V. Hickman
4 Patricia Hymanson
145 Chris A. Johansen
99 MaryAnne Kinney
2 Mark W. Lawrence
132 Louis J. Luchini
129 Peter A. Lyford
110 Colleen M. Madigan
151 John L. Martin
150 Roland Danny Martin
148 David Harold McCrea
51 Joyce McCreight
62 Gina M. Melaragno
5 Beth A. O'Connor
15 Margaret M. O'Neil
23 Lester S. Ordway
10 Wayne R. Parry
77 Michael D. Perkins
140 Anne C. Perry
116 Richard A. Pickett
44 Teresa S. Pierce
86 Matthew G. Pouliot
17 Dwayne W. Prescott
31 Lois Galgay Reckitt
21 Heidi H. Sampson
43 Heather B. Sanborn
112 Thomas H. Skolfield
119 Paul A. Stearns
105 Joel R. Stetkis
39 Michael A. Sylvester
40 Rachel Talbot Ross
54 Denise A. Tepler
26 Maureen Fitzgerald Terry
79 Timothy S. Theriault
75 Jeffrey L. Timberlake
50 Ralph L. Tucker
139 William R. Tuell
70 Nathan J. Wadsworth
84 Charlotte Warren
146 Dustin Michael White
96 Stanley Paige Zeigler, Jr.