February 2, 2011
Maine Governor wants recycling rollback
Newly elected Governor Paul LePage, a favorite of tea party activists, has announced plans to try to rollback 63 state environmental and land use regulations, thus generating howls of protest from environmental groups and others. One proposal would gut the state's extended producer responsibility efforts, including a much-admired stewardship framework program that passed last year's legislature unanimously.
The Republican governor says that the state should revise its recycling and take-back policies to "ensure that manufacturers do not have to pay to recycle their consumer products and that these standards do not exceed those set in federal law." Opponents note that this would lead to the curtailment of existing take-back systems, including Maine's statewide electronics recycling program.