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.

Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Energy Costs Clears Senate Hurdle

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed bipartisan bills championed by U.S. Senator Susan Collins that would lower energy costs for our nation’s schools and extend the federal government’s landmark energy efficiency program.  This legislation now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Innovation Grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded a $200,000 grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), a marine renewable energy company headquartered in Portland, Maine.

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Collins, King Announce $6 Million in EPA Brownfields Grants to Clean Up and Redevelop Contaminated Industrial Sites in Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that a total of $6 million in federal brownfields funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of 14 sites in Maine, more funding than any other state in the country this year.  The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist local communities as they work to redevelop these contaminated sites in order to improve the environment and promote future economic development.

 

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Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Promote Biomass, Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, and Angus King (I-ME), a cofounder of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to help expand the use of renewable wood energy.  The bill would allow the use of biomass from certain federal and non-federal lands to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, and cleaner transportation fuels.

 

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Collins, King Announce $1 Million for Clark Island Wetlands Conservation Project

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has awarded $1,000,000 to the Clark Island Wetlands Conservation Project in Saint George. As part of the project, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) will purchase an additional 168 acres of Clark Island neighboring the existing 250-acre Clark Island conservation area. The overall site will protect breeding and migratory habitats for birds while also enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.

 

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Senators Collins and King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ban Drilling Off Coast of New England

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of New England Senators to reintroduce legislation barring oil and gas drilling off the region’s shoreline.  Oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic would put vital coastline and precious ocean resources at risk, threatening a central economic engine for New England. 

 

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Collins, King Back Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million per year. This legislation comes after the John D. Dingell, Jr.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Promote Innovation in Sustainable Chemistry

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in introducing the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019

 

This bipartisan bill encourages the development of new and innovative chemicals, products, and processes with an improved environmental footprint through efficient use of resources, reducing or eliminating exposure to hazardous substances, or otherwise minimizing harm to human health and the environment.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group Introducing Bill to Enhance and Extend Landmark Energy Efficiency Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in introducing legislation to strengthen and reauthorize the heart of the federal government’s energy efficiency strategy—the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 would reauthorize the program through 2024.

 

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Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, the President signed into law a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a public lands legislative package.  The legislation previously passed the Senate and the House by overwhelming bipartisan majorities.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $789,659 Climate Change Research Grant for Gulf of Maine Research Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) $789,659 in grant funding to examine the impact of a warming climate on growth and population patterns in cod and lobster. The study will also document marine habitat shifts across the northwest Atlantic caused by rising temperatures.

 

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Senator Collins to Oppose EPA Administrator Nominee’s Confirmation

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that she will oppose the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to become Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her full statement follows:

 

“After careful consideration, I have decided to oppose the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler, the nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

 

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King, Collins Bill to Address Acadia Boundary Passes Senate

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Senate passed a public lands package that includes language authored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that addresses the concerns of communities near Acadia National Park (ANP) about boundary issues, protects the use of intertidal zones by harvesters of clams and worms, and permanently reauthorizes the Acadia National Park Commission. 

 

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Senate Votes to Permanently Reauthorize LWCF

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate approved a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a public lands legislative package.  The legislation passed by a vote of 92-8 will now be considered by the House of Representatives

 

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