PPH, 2/9/11:Snow removal: Maine towns want more power over those piles

Posted on Feb 9, 2011

A proposal would let municipalities dump snow anywhere they want, including into waterways.

“…Environmental groups say there is no question that snow dumps pollute and they need regulation.


Joe Payne, baykeeper for the Friends of Casco Bay, said snow is dirty even before it hits the ground because it collects pollutants from the air as it falls. On the ground, it mixes with oil, dirt, road salt, litter and other material on the roads.


“There are plenty of studies that show how polluted snow is. You dump it into the water and the pollutants go into the mud. It is one thing that is preventable,” Payne said….”

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