Cutler wants to eliminate Maine Board of Environmental Protection

 By Ramona du Houx August 20th, 2010 ·

 At the August 19, 2010 meeting of the Board of Environmental Protection, Senate President Libby Mitchell testified in favor of proposed rules that will limit children’s exposure to bisphenol-A, also known as BPA. BPA is a chemical commonly used in clear, shatter proof plastic containers; including some baby bottles and the lining of food cans. Research strongly indicates that BPA disrupts the hormone system and has been linked to cancer and other health problems. That same day Eliot Cutler, a gubernatorial candidate, outlined his plan to eliminate the state Board of Environmental Protection as part of government restructuring to save money.

Mitchell, the Democratic nominee for Maine governor, criticized Cutler’s proposal to cut the board during a press conference before the hearing. The Board of Environmental Protection is a 10-member citizen panel, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature, which interprets and enforces laws relating to environmental protection.

“I believe it’s a very important piece of our democracy,” said Mitchell. “Our Board of Environmental Protection gives everyday people the right to approach their government. Saving funds at the cost of our environment, and citizen rights, is wrong.”

Citizen testimony to the board, in the past, has lead to stronger environmental protection.