EPA delays stricter standards for new lobster boat engines 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is giving a break to Maine’s lobster industry by delaying new clean-air standards for some marine diesel engines. 

Maine’s congressional delegation says there are no diesel engines meeting the Tier IV standard that can safely fit on lobster boats. They say the delay will ensure there are engines available as the industry continues to work toward cleaner diesel engines. 

In a joint statement, the congressional delegation called the delay “a commonsense solution that supports Maine boat builders and lobstermen.” 

EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro called it a “win-win” for boat builders and lobstermen, “and allows Maine’s vibrant fishing economy to continue.” 


Motorists leads police on a 43-mile chase in western Maine 

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man who led police on a 43-mile chase is facing numerous charges. 

Police say several law enforcement across eight towns were involved in the pursuit Sunday that led to the arrest of 27-year-old Zachary Yahn, of Dixfield. 

Police say the episode unfolded with a 911 call about a man with a gun at a convenience store in Dixfield. Mexico police spotted the car but the motorist sped away. Police say Yahn managed to avoid spike mats before police eventually stopped his car in Rumford. 

Police say he faces charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and eluding a police officer. It’s not known if he has a lawyer. 


Gas prices fall a bit more in northern New England 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices have dropped a bit more in northern New England. 

The latest GasBuddy price reports show New Hampshire’s prices fell 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week, bringing the average to $2.51. Maine gas prices dropped 1.8 cents per gallon, averaging $2.58. Vermont’s price was unchanged from last week, at $2.67 a gallon. 

The national average is $2.58 per gallon. That’s down 16.3 cents from a month ago, and 25 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. 

 

 

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