SOUTH PORTLAND – A symposium on recent changes to Maine’s environmental laws and rules will be held next week, hosted by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

The event next Wednesday, Dec. 7, will include an overview of changes in environmental laws, including the new environmental audit law, changes to the procedures of the Board of Environmental Protection and revisions of the state’s chemical regulations.

The symposium will also include a panel discussion by lawmakers who sit on the Legislature’s Environmental and Natural Resources Committee about possible action in the upcoming legislative session.

Pattie Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, will be the keynote speaker. She is expected to discuss several initiatives the agency will be launching.

The symposium is being held at the Texas Instruments plant (formerly National Semiconductor) in South Portland. It begins at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to end at noon. There is no charge for admission.