A century ago, Maine’s Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers historically featured annual Atlantic salmon runs of 10,000 or more. By 2010, however, the salmon were in steep decline: only ten adult salmon returned to the Androscoggin, and just five made their way up the Kennebec. Hydroelectric dams are a primary driver of this precipitous drop. The […]
Toxics Action Center, Environment Maine, Beyond Pesticides, and Sierra Club v. Cherryfield Foods, Inc.
For years, Maine’s largest blueberry grower, Cherryfield Foods, used airplanes to spray pesticides over its berry fields. Aerial spraying is inherently indiscriminate, as chemical spray drifts with the wind and contaminates nearby land and waterways. The harmful effects of these pesticides reach beyond crop-eating pests, to the birds, fish, and beneficial insects like bees that […]
In 2000, NELC filed suit under the Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act against the U.S. Department of the Army to put an end to its practice of open burning and open detonation (OB/OD) disposal of unwanted munitions, rocket motors, and other explosives at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, CA. The […]