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.

Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $5.3 Million for Safe Drinking Water, Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine has received a total of $5,306,000 to support clean, safe drinking water and water infrastructure projects for Maine communities.  This funding will help to ensure Maine’s public water systems are in compliance with federal safe drinking water standards and support upgrades to water infrastructure in Bridgton and Milo.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $650,000 for Casco Bay Water Conservation Efforts

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $662,518 to the University of Southern Maine to support its Casco Bay Estuary Partnership's (CBEP) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.  The CBEP agreement is aimed at reducing nutrient pollution and its impacts, including coastal acidification, in Casco Bay.

 

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Collins, King, Golden Announce $300,000 Awarded for Brownfields Assessment in Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), and Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $300,000 to the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) to conduct brownfields assessments, develop cleanup plans, and support community outreach in Western Maine. Target areas for this project include sites in the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, and the towns of Rumford and Wilton.

 

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Senator Collins Calls for Increasing Support for Clean Energy Sector in Next COVID-19 Package

Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a group of six of her colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging the consideration of policies that will bolster jobs and innovation across the clean energy economy in the next COVID-19 relief package, including for renewables, nuclear, carbon capture, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and energy storage.

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COVID-19 Financial Relief for Maine Farmers Tops $8.58 Million

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that Maine farmers have been awarded a total of $8,588,357 to date to help offset the financial harm they have experienced due to COVID-19.  The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), created through the CARES Act, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3.1 Million for Maine Environmental Priorities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Maine Department of Environmental Protection a total of $3,170,745 to support a variety of environmental programs through the Performance Partnership Grant program.  The federal funds will be used to administer environmental programs for air, water, and toxics throughout the state and direct resources to address environmental and public health concerns.

 

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Collins, Reed Urge White House to Reverse LIHEAP Cuts

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the White House transfer of $37 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to combat the coronavirus:

 

“Our priority is keeping people safe and healthy, but taking money from LIHEAP would have the opposite impact.  As a result of this $37 million cut, seniors and vulnerable families could be left out in the cold. 

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently joined the Climate Solutions Caucus along with three other Senators.  The caucus brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address our changing climate.

 

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Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Effort to Stand Up for America’s Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the new Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Working on behalf of dairy farmers in Maine and across the country, the Senators implored Commissioner Hahn to work with Congress to combat the misuse of dairy terms on non-dairy products.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Collins, Coons Resolution Recognizing U.S. Leadership in Global Progress Against Maternal and Child Malnutrition

Washington, D.C. — The Senate unanimously passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) recognizing the importance of U.S. leadership to improve nutrition and health of children and mothers around the world.  The resolution also supports USAID’s commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy.

 

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Bill to Restore Native Plants in National Parks Introduced by Collins, Cantwell

Washington, D.C.—In a bipartisan effort to preserve biodiversity and reap the numerous benefits local flora provide to wildlife, human health, and the environment, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation to promote the use of native plants. 

 

The Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act would encourage the National Park Service (NPS) to increase the use of native plant materials on lands it cares for.

 

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Bipartisan Bill to Expand Wind Energy Research and Development Introduced by Senators Collins, Smith Advances

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) to reauthorize and expand the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy and support competitive grants to improve the efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind energy generation.  The Wind Energy Research and Development Act now heads to the floor for consideration by the full Senate.

 

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