From tourism and recreation, to working forests, and fishing and agricultural industries, there is no doubt that Maine’s economy is inextricably linked to the environment. Maine’s greatest treasure is its natural beauty, and Senator Collins remains committed to advancing reasonable and effective policies in the U.S. Senate to protect the environment.

Throughout her time in the U.S. Senate, Senator Collins has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur the creation of green energy jobs, and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil – while retaining important American manufacturing jobs.  High costs of energy are burdensome to Maine families, truck drivers, farmers, fishermen, schools, small businesses, mills, and factories.  Nearly 80 percent of the homes in our state rely on heating oil, leaving Maine families extremely vulnerable to high crude oil prices.

Collins, King, Poliquin Applaud $6 Million USDA Investment in Private Road Infrastructure and Fish Habitat in Northern and Eastern Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Congressman Bruce Poliquin applauded today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a $6 million grant to a Maine partnership led by the Nature Conservancy that will help private forestland owners reduce the impacts that flooding has on road networks and restore more than 250 miles of fish habitat in northern and eastern Maine.

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Collins, King Applaud Director of Wells Reserve at Laudholm for Winning Prestigious NOAA Conservation Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded Paul Dest, the Director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, for being one of only two people across the country to be awarded the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Senators wrote a letter supporting Mr. Dest’s nomination for the award. ‎ 

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Collins, King Congratulate Robin Alden of Stonington on White House Recognition as a “Champion of Change”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Robin Alden of Stonington, a former Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, on being named a “Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood” by the White House. Robin is one of 12 people from across the country to receive the award, which recognizes local leaders who have devoted themselves to helping the United States become a global leader in sustainable seafood management.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $5.3 Million for Ocean Renewable Power Company in Portland

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will receive $5,350,000 through the Department of Energy to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system.  ORPC was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive funding to support the development of a commercially viable marine and hydrokinetic industry.

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Collins, King Applaud Funding to Help Reimburse Maine Fisherman for At-Sea Monitoring Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today welcomed an announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that it will fund an estimated 85 percent of the sea days needed for the At-Sea Monitoring (ASM) Program for the current fishing year. Beginning July 1, groundfish fishermen covered by the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan will be reimbursed for their at-sea monitoring costs through an arrangement with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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Maine Offshore Wind Project Moves to Top Tier of National Offshore Wind Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine’s New England Aqua Ventus I offshore wind pilot project, designed by a world-class University of Maine-led consortium, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in the Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration program.  Maine’s project now officially joins the demonstration program.

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TODAY-Senator Collins to Participate in Biomedical Innovation Summit

U.S. Senator Susan Collins will deliver remarks and participate in a panel discussion today at the Biomedical Innovation Summit, which will be hosted by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.  Panelists will discuss some of the promising biomedical research that is currently being conducted by Maine scientists.

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Maine, NH Senators Applaud Shipyard on 5th Consecutive Year of Environmental Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) congratulated the workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) on receiving environmental awards for the fifth year in a row. PNSY received two Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards for Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Restoration for fiscal year 2015 on February 22, 2016.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million STEM Education Grant to UMaine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,950,034 grant to the University of Maine to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in rural Maine. The grant will support 22 fellowships for recent STEM graduates or current STEM professionals to further their knowledge base and become certified STEM teachers in rural, high-need Maine schools.

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Collins, King Announce $4.6 Million Federal Investment Supporting Conservation Efforts in Western Maine Mountains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a $4.6 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will support conservation efforts in Maine’s Western Mountains. The Senators, along with Congressman Bruce Poliquin, wrote a letter in support of the project which will help private landowner efforts to bolster fish and wildlife habitats in western Maine between the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Moosehead Lake.

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Senators Collins-Klobuchar-King Biomass Amendment Passes Senate

Washington, D.C.—A tripartisan biomass amendment, authored by Senator Collins and cosponsored by Senator Angus King, has been adopted unanimously as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which is currently under consideration in the Senate.  The amendment was also cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and James Risch (R-ID).

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A Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

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Senators Collins and King Announce that USDA is Now Accepting Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and small rural businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

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Collins, King, Poliquin Send Letter to President on Possible National Monument Designation in Maine North Woods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin have sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the possible designation of land in the Katahdin region as a national monument.

The complete text of the letter can be read HERE and is available below.

 

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November 20, 2015

The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

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Senators Collins and King Announce $3.7 million for Maine Aqua Ventus I pilot Offshore Wind Project

Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award an additional $3.7 million to the Maine Aqua Ventus I offshore wind project, designed by a University of Maine-led consortium. 

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Collins, King Announce More than $1.6 Million for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects in Maine

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that fourteen Maine businesses will receive federal grants totaling more than $1.6 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America (REAP) program.
 

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