February 8, 2013

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The Androscoggin River Alliance and several abutters argued that the state was required to consider all three phases of the proposed casino project when issuing the permit, but only considered Phase I -- the 65,000-square-foot casino and parking lot.

The court agreed.

The Sun Journal reported that the newly reviewed land use and construction permit was signed by DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho on Tuesday.

Casino developers want to expand the gambling facility, and add parking, restaurants, a spa, a pool, a conference center, an RV Park and a skating rink.

Coalition of 26 groups sets priorities for environment

A coalition representing diverse groups is presenting its environmental agenda.

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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