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Union River dams denied key state certification

DEP application rejected
On March 19th the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) denied the application for water quality certification filed by Brookfield Renewable for its two Union River dams located in downtown Ellsworth and at the base of Graham Lake. Unless this decision is overturned these dams cannot be relicensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

DEP’s denial (Full text here) was based on results of water testing by Brookfield submitted to DEP as part of its application for licensing. This testing showed multiple violations of state water quality limits affecting both Graham Lake and the Union River below the Graham Lake dam.
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