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  • Guest Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Trump Proposed Budget Cuts to EPA and Social Safety Net

    1) This morning, a coalition of organizations gathered to voice opposition to President Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency proposed in his 2018 budget.
    2). 60 organizations will present a letter to Maine’s Congressional delegation today imploring them to push back against the deep cuts and program eliminations that would impact Mainers. These include cuts to clean water protections, funding to brownfield and Superfund sites, indoor and outdoor pollution. climate change and the EPA lead program.
    3) We also look at the Trump Administration’s deep proposed budget cuts to social safety net programs. These include a 29% to Food Stamps, a 19% cut to the Children’s Heath Insurance Program, a 17% to Medicaid, a 13% to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and a 12% to Unemployment insurance.

    Guests:
    Jeff Wallace, Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator, City of Bangor
    Samantha Paradis, Staff Nurse, Waldo County General Hospital
    Patrick MacRoy, Epidemiologist, Environmental Health and Strategy Center
    Pete Didisheim, Advocacy Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
    Ann Woloson, Policy Analyst, Maine Equal Justice Partners

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Robin Wall Kimmerer, indigenous science

    Robin Wall Kimmerer teaches botany and plant ecology at SUNY in Syracuse and is the director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatami Nation and a resident of Maple Nation. In May she will speak in Blue Hill and her portrait, as part of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth series, will be unveiled.

    Robin Wall Kimmerer explores the importance of respect, reciprocity, and responsibility as humans interact with the natural world. She also speaks about the role of indigenous science as individuals, communities, and nations strive to address the challenges of climate change.

    FMI:
    Center for Native Peoples and the Environment: www.esf.edu/nativepeoples/
    Americans Who Tell the Truth: americanswhotellthetruth.org

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: President Trump’s Executive Order on Climate and Energy and Environmentalist Split on Metallic Mining in Maine

    1) Today, we look at a split between grassroots environmentalists and non-profit environmental groups over legislation that could open Maine to devastating metallic mining ground water pollution.
    2). Seven bills are currently before the Maine legislature’s Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources. LD 160 would ban mining outright. LD 253 would repeal a 2012 rule change which negated more protective standards that had been put in place in 1991. Today we look at LD 820, which a number of non-profits have supported, while others in the environmental community reveal would allow substantial and irreversible onsite groundwater pollution by mining companies. The bill sponsor now seeks amendments to the bill for further protection, but it is now in the hands of the Committeee.
    3) We also look at President Trump’s sweeping executive order on climate and energy, with Janet Redman, the US policy director from Oil Change International.

    Guests:
    Janet Redman, US policy director for Oil Change International and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
    Lew Kingsbury, activist with Alliance for a Common Good and freelance journalist for The Cryer thecryeronline.com/. Find his article “ Twice Defeated Metallic Mining Rules Faces Third Vote in Legislature”“ in the April edition.

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Juniper Ridge Landfill “Making Contact” Piece and Interviews

    Today we hear a report from Meaghan LaSala and Lisa Bartfai on the proposed expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. Juniper Ridge is state owned, but privately operated by Casella Waste Management. The State’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is expected to release a Draft Decision on the proposed expansion this month, after which the public will have time to submit comments. There is no public meeting scheduled by the BEP on this Draft Decision.

    Guests:
    A) Meaghan LaSala, activist and freelance journalist, Making Contact, Sunlight Media Collective
    B) Lisa Bartfai, freelance journalist, Making Contact
    C) Interviewees in Making Contact piece: Kathy Paul, John Banks, Ed Spencer, Paul Schroeder, Cheryl Spencer, Kenny Chamberlain, Bob Duchesne, Ryan Parker, Andy Jones

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.
    Meaghan LaSala and Lisa Bartfai’s piece will be broadcast nationally on Making Contact in June. www.radioproject.org

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Legislative Hearing on Metallic Mining in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) On Monday, the Maine Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held a public hearing on seven different bills pertaining to metallic mining in Maine.
    2). The issue came front and center in 2012, when JD Irving sought to change Maine’s rules to allow metallic mining at Bald Mountain in Aroosook County. Despite two legislatures voting down rule changes on the basis of environmental and clean up concerns, the State Dept. of Environmental Protection continues to push similar rule changes in this session.
    3) We hear testimony from Rep Ralph Chapman who is co-sponsoring three bills. LD 253 would repeal the 2012 rules back to the protective 1991 standards. LD 254, seeks a moratorium until sound policy can be implemented. LD 685 would establish a panel of mining to ensure protection of Maine’s environment.

    Guests:
    Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, sponsor of LD 253, LD 685, LD 254
    Maine Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Melanie Loyzim

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Program Topic: Report on Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Today we hear part of a March 2nd presentation before the Maine State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, on new report examining the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, authored by the Suffolk University’s Indigenous Rights Clinic and commissioned by the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.
    2).The report, “The Drafting and Enactment of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act: Report on Research Findings and Initial Observations”, includes a compilation of documents and communications from the time of the Settlement Act negotiations, with particular examination of such issues as reserved rights to resources, unabrogated treaty rights, conflicts of terminology between sustenance and subsistence, “internal tribal matters”, and the application of federal Indian law in Maine.
    3). We hear interviews from the four of the five Wabanaki tribal chiefs present.

    Guests:
    Nichole Fredricks. Report author, Suffolk University’s Indigenous Rights Clinic, www.mitsc.org/documents/157_2017-2-22Suffolk.MICSAReport.Final.Feb2017.pdf
    Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation, www.penobscotnation.org/
    Chief Brenda Commander. Houlton Band of the Maliseet, www.maliseets.com/index.htm
    Chief Charlie Peter Paul. Aroostook Band of the MicMac, www.micmac-nsn.gov/
    Chief Ralph Dana, Passamaquoddy at Sipayik, www.wabanaki.com/

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Penobsoct Water Protectors at Standing Rock, as police, federal agencies and the North Dakota National Guard move in to evict the Oceti camp at Standing Rock
    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we speak with Penobsoct Water Protectors June Sapiel and Dawn Neptune Adams, who are at Standing Rock, as police, federal agencies and the North Dakota National Guard move in to evict the Oceti camp at Standing Rock.
    2) Under the directive of a Trump executive order, the Army Corp of Engineers halted an Environmental Impact Study and issued the last easement needed by Energy Transfer Partners to lay the Dakota Access Pipeline across Standing Rock Sioux treaty lands, directly above their reservation and under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe, source for the area’s water supply.
    3) Though legal challenges are still in court, the company has resumed construction of the pipeline.

    Guests:
    June Sapiel, Penobscot Water Protector at Standing Rock
    Unicorn Riot, live stream from www.unicornriot/ninja
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot Water Protector at Standing Rock

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Update from Resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Penobscot Water Protector Dawn Neptune Adams and Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Kandi Mossett report on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to cross Standing Rock Sioux treaty lands, directly above their reservation and under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe, source for the area’s water supply.
    2)Under the directive of a Trump executive order, the Army Corp of Engineers halted an Environmental Impact Study and issued the last easement needed by Energy Transfer Partners to lay the Dakota Access Pipeline across Standing Rock Sioux treaty lands, directly above their reservation and under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe, source for the area’s water supply. Though legal challenges are still in court, the company has resumed construction of the pipeline.
    3) The Dakota Access Pipeline is slated to carry fracked oil from the locally polluting Bakken Shale fields, an extraction operation effecting the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation at the Fort Berthold Reservation. IEN organizer, Kandi Mossett is a member of this Nation.

    Guests:
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot Water Protector at Standing Rock
    Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) www.ienearth.org www indigenousrising.org
    indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/fort-berthold-reservation-to-provide-backdrop-for-international-discussion-on-energy-and-climate-change/

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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