WERU News Report 8/12/14

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection is locked into a struggle with a polluter in Hancock County that has been severely out of compliance with environmental regulations for several years. Complicating the situation is the fact that the polluter in question is a federal agency charged with protecting Atlantic salmon from extinction. WERU has obtained records dating back more than 7 years documenting Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery’s discharges of phosphorus – and at one point formalin, a form of formaldehyde, into Alamoosook Lake. The DEP has also accused the hatchery of a large number of incidents of incorrect reporting on their “Discharge Monitoring Reports”. A “Notice of Violation” was issued in 2010 but the DEP has determined that the phosphorus violations are continuing.

Today, in part one of this report, we’re talking with Chip Stubbs, past President of the Alamoosook Lake Association, lake scientist Dr Karen Wilson, and another member of the lake association, John Greenman. (For full disclosure, John Greenman is a WERU volunteer and member of the board, but he joins us today as a guest.)