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Governor Responds: Balancing Economic Prosperity and Environmental Protection is Possible
July 31, 2013
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 31
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – The Office of the Governor has released the following letter from Governor Paul R. LePage to Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves. The letter details inaccurate information Democrats have distributed regarding the LePage Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect Maine’s environment.
As stated in the letter, the Administration has been in continuous contact with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency regarding standards for ozone, and in fact, these changes are similar to those undertaken by former Governors King and Baldacci.
“There was no outcry when the past two governors made similar changes, and they were not accused of leading a ‘race to the bottom’,” stated Governor LePage.
The Governor said the rhetoric from Alfond and Eves implies that balancing economic prosperity and environmental protection is an “either/or” choice.
“For me and my administration, it is ‘both/and’,” Governor LePage said. “We will continue to both protect our environment and grow our economy.”
The letter is attached below.