Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $350,000 for a hazardous waste collection facility for Acadia National Park in the draft Fiscal Year 2023 Interior and Environment appropriations bill. The bill, which was officially released by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.
“As the home to one of the crown jewels of America’s National Park System, Mount Desert Island has long been a model for environmental stewardship. MDI’s residents and community leaders have a shared commitment to protecting Acadia and have made significant strides to preserve its natural wonders,” said Senator Collins. “This funding would support those efforts by establishing a hazardous waste collection facility, making it easier for households to dispose of these materials year-round. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”
The funding would be used to establish a year-round collection site for hazardous waste disposal, which would be used by Acadia National Park and surrounding communities. The Acadia Disposal District currently holds an annual collection event, but it only captures a small part of the need. This would allow residents to properly and safely dispose of hazardous waste immediately rather than storing it on their properties for up to a year.