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National Security Bill Questions for Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine — A U.S. House committee is considering a bill that would expand the powers of the Department of Homeland Security by waiving compliance with 36 environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, within a 100 mile buffer along borders and coastlines. Former Bush administration Interior Department Deputy director, Lynn Scarlett, says she supports improving border security but thinks giving a single federal agency the authority to ignore laws and local agencies is a dangerous move. Scarlett warns of possible damage to iconic places like Acadia National Park, limits on hunting, fishing, recreation, grazing and more.

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