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Coalition Lists Maine Environmental Priorities
02/07/2013 2:47 PM ET  

The Environmental Priorities Coalition listed four priorities during a news conference in the State House today.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A coalition representing diverse groups is presenting its environmental agenda in Augusta.

The Environmental Priorities Coalition listed four priorities during a news conference in the State House on Thursday. Its wish list includes protecting water quality from open pit mining pollution, restoration of native alewives to the St. Croix River; investments in energy efficiency, and protecting pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals.

Tribal members, parents, clean energy advocates and registered Maine guides were among those showing support at the State House.

Maine's Environmental Priorities Coalition is made up of 26 environmental, conservation and public health organizations claiming more than 100,000 members.

Maureen Drouin, executive director of the Maine Conservation Alliance, says the coalition hopes lawmakers will put aside partisan differences and pass the four bills.

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