Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, serves on the Legisla
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Our facilities will now be on the same playing field as other states that are in compliance.
Strict emissions rules are a real concern for businesses. In fact, there are cases where businesses have moved to Canada to avoid regulatory burdens that provide no significant air quality benefit. That is the reason that the King and Baldacci administrations, and now the LePage administration, have requested sensible waivers to these offset requirements.
The ability to modify or change regulatory requirements when data show air quality will not be compromised as a result is an essential component of our belief that economic growth and environmental protection can go hand in hand. It is time to put to rest the old Maine adage "pickerel or payroll." We have shown we can have both.
This a sound decision by the administration and the Department of Environmental Protection. Buying "air pollution credits" does not necessarily improve air quality; the best control technology does. King and Baldacci knew that, too.
Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, serves on the Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee. He is also a former environmental manager for a Maine paper company. Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, serves on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. He also served as director of the Bureau of Air Quality Control for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.