July E-News


Updates on PSR Maine's Environmental Legislative Priorities

Tribal sovereignty legislation (LD 2007) was carried over to the next legislative session. This bill will restore the Wabanaki Nations’ inherent rights to self-govern, including restoring their jurisdiction over their lands and waters, and enable them to better advance environmental protections and climate solutions in the Wabanaki homelands, that are now called Maine. 

Offshore wind procurement (LD 1895) also passed the legislature. However, Governor Mills is threatening to veto the bill because of an amendment that includes Project Labor Agreements. In fact, Governor Mill’s recently vetoed another, related bill (LD 1847) over concerns that the labor agreements included in this bill would “stifle competition, which could cut out thousands of workers and employee-owned businesses" and the legislature ran out of time to amend it. Mills also said she feared it could favor out-of-state unions over local companies and workers. Both sides are committed to offshore wind development (a key strategy for meeting Maine's climate and renewable energy obligations) and are hopeful they can resolve the issues through negotiation.


A New Resource on the Harm of PET Plastics

Defend Our Health, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Petrochemicals campaign, released “Hidden Hazards: The Chemical Footprint of a Plastic Bottle”. This report explores the impact of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics across their entire life cycle. It outlines the harm that PET plastics cause the planet and people ── with links to cancer and environmental racism. Most of the PET plants in the United States are located in low-income communities with a high proportion of people of color. The report also outlines a number of action items that can help to reduce these harms including a petition  to ‘Tell U.S. EPA: Stop Plastic Pollution & Environmental Injustice by the Chemical Industry’, which PSR-Maine signed onto.


Celebration of the Golden Rule Peace Boat

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the festivities surrounding the Golden Rule Peace Boat's visit to Maine. There was great attendance at all of the events, and it was a joy to connect in person with many of you. 

Follow the boat's continued journey via share.garmin.com/GoldenRule

View Pat Scanlon's musical program from the celebration banquet HERE.


South Portland Back from the Brink Resolution PASSED!

Another resolution is on the books: South Portland, Maine! This is what it looks like to bring communities together to abolish nuclear weapons. We want to take this moment to thank our ally organizations who made this possible: Veterans For Peace Maine, the Maine Medical Association and the Maine Public Health Association. In case you missed it, read all the details from the Portland Press article HERE

To view the official resolution text as introduced by Councilor West, click HERE.


Are you interested in your municipality joining the movement? Email us at director@psrmaine.org


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