June 2, 2021 

Senator Breen, Representative Pierce, and Members of the Committee on Appropriations and  Financial Affairs, 

We write to express our strong support for Governor Mills’ Change Package to LD 221. We  believe specific initiatives, identified below, will help protect Maine’s environment, address  climate change, enhance well-sited clean energy development, improve land use permitting,  respond to sites contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and assist with  policy development and analysis regarding climate, clean energy, and natural resources  management. Specifically, we urge your support the following items in the Change Package:  

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 

Provides funding to continue perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) testing in  foods for which state action levels have been established. p. 14 

Establishes one limited-period Agricultural Compliance Officer position and provides  funding for related All Other costs in the Office of the Commissioner program to work  directly with impacted farmers on PFAS mitigation efforts. This position ends on June 10,  2023. p.15 

Provides funding to abate, clean up and mitigate threats or hazards posed by perfluoroalkyl  and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination and to provide support to impacted  farms, to support critical PFAS research, and to otherwise allow for the Department to  strategically and effectively respond to PFAS concerns and issues as they arise for PFAS  clean up under Dept. of AG 393 p. 16 

Continues one limited-period Public Service Coordinator I position established in Financial  Order 00644 F0 funded 100% Other Special Revenue Funds to work with the Bureau of  Agriculture and the Maine Climate Council’s Natural and Working Lands Group. This position  ends on June 10, 2023. p.25 

Continues one limited-period Public Service Coordinator I position established in Financial  Order 00644 F0 funded 100% Other Special Revenue Funds to work with the Bureau of  Agriculture and the Maine Climate Council’s Natural and Working Lands Group. This position  ends on June 10, 2023. p.25 

Provides funding and one Planning and Research Associate II position funded to manage  grants and monitor Land and Water Conservation Fund sites for compliance. p. 27. 

Department of Environmental Protection  

One Environmental Specialist IV position to manage climate plan rulemaking on  hydrofluorocarbons, appliance standards, and sea-level rise. p.55 

One-time funding to support the state forest carbon mapping project. p.56 One Senior Environmental Engineer, one Environmental Engineer position, one Assistant  Environmental Engineer, and three Environmental Specialist positions to support land  use licensing. p.57 

Seventeen positions (including technicians, planning, engineers, environmental  specialists, a GIS coordinator, hydrologist, chemist, and public service coordinator) to  bring urgent technical attention to the challenge of PFAS contamination. p.57

Funding for a competitive grant program that matches local funding to upgrade  municipal culverts at stream crossings to improve road safety and fish habitat and  create local jobs (the Municipal Stream Crossing Upgrade Grant Program). p.57

One-time funding to support treatment of drinking water, and testing and management  of contaminated wastes caused by PFAS. p.58 

Governor’s Energy Office 

Two Public Service Coordinator II positions for legal counsel and other support for legal  and grid modernization proceedings. p.61 

Two Public Service Coordinator II positions and funding in support of a Research  Consortium. p.61 

One limited-period Public Service Coordinator II position to provide power sector  transformation studies, as called for by the Maine Climate Action Plan. p.61 

Office of the Governor 

Two Governor’s Special Assistant positions to support policy analysis and development. p.60 

Office of Policy Innovation and the Future 

Funding for green communities’ emissions reduction planning, technical assistance, and  grants for community climate projects. p.62 

Two Public Service Coordinator II positions and one Public Service Coordinator III  position to provide support for partnerships with Maine’s cities and towns for resiliency  planning. p.62 

Funding for Municipal Resilience Planning and Implementation Grants. p.62. 

Department of Marine Resources 

Transfer of 16 positions from the Marine Science program to the Bureau of Sea Run  Fisheries and Habitat program. p. 162. 

Establishes one Public Service Coordinator II position 50% Bureau of Marine Science  program and 50% Bureau of Policy and Management program within the same fund to  support Maine’s efforts in mitigating the decline in the population of North Atlantic right  whales and support offshore wind development. pp.166 & 171. 

Establishes one Marine Resource Scientist II position and one Marine Resource Scientist  IV position to support the offshore wind development. p. 171. 

Ongoing funding for support and technical assistance related to Offshore Wind  activities. p. 171. 

We greatly appreciate your support for these budget items.  

Sincerely, 

Acadia Center 

Appalachian Mountain Club Atlantic Salmon Federation Coastal Enterprises, Inc.  

Conservation Law Foundation Defend Our Health 

Environment Maine 

GrowSmart Maine 

Maine Association of Conservation  Commissions  

Maine Conservation Voters 

Maine Rivers 

Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network Natural Resources Council of Maine 

Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter Sierra Club 

The Nature Conservancy, Maine Office 

350 Maine