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Dioxin Bills in Maine



According to the Associated Press, the Maine House of Representatives
yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a bill introduced by Representative
Thomas Bull that would require Maine's seven kraft mills to eliminate
the use of chlorine-based bleaching chemicals, including chlorine
dioxide.

The bill failed on a vote of 115-30. Though Senate consideration is
pending, many expect the debate to now center around a competing bill
introduced by Governor Angus King. King's bill would require that mills
have non-detectable dioxin levels at the bleach plant by 1998, and by
the year 2002, fish below the mills must have no greater dioxin
concentrations than fish found above the mill. King's bill would still
eliminate dioxin, but would not mandate a specific technology in order
to do so. The state Senate is expected to debate King's bill on Tuesday.

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