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For Immediate Release

Nick Bennett,, 207.430.0116
Pete Didisheim,, 207.430.0113

NRCM to Release Investigative Report on Risks of Mining in Maine


Tomorrow the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) will release an investigative report documenting specific risks to Maine from open pit mining for metals at Bald Mountain.

The report: Bald Mountain Mining Risks: Hidden from the Public,is based on information gathered from documents secured by through Freedom of Access Act requests.

The report is being released one week before the Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on proposed draft rules that would change how Maine regulates mining in Maine. These draft rules have been developed as a result of legislation pushed by the Irving Corporation's interest in pursuing an open-pit mine at Bald Mountain. The BEP hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 17,starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is the leading nonprofit membership organization working statewide for clean air and water; healthy people, wildlife and forests; and clean energy solutions. NRCM harnesses the power of science, the law, and the voices of more than 12,000 supporters to protect the nature of Maine. Visit NRCM online at