A Huge Mistake to Make Last Sessions Failures This sessions Holy Grail on Maine Mining Rules

October 15, 2013  Oh NO!!!! Mc Cabe doesn’t get it yet..and does NRCM???  these legislative recommendations are NO FIX and not well informed
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Neither LD 1302 or the joint letter from many legislators to DEP requesting that certain elements of LD 1302 be addressed in the mining rules is a fix to the policy gaps and errors in our statute and in the draft mining  regulations.  Allowing this to become the “holy grail” the “common ground” the “consensus position” on the mining rules will not lead to wise well informed policy or a fix we can live with that provides an acceptable balance between environmental protection and whatever economic befits mining has for Maine.
The most fruitful and powerful action that could be taken in collaboration would be to jointly commission an outside expert like David Chambers or Robert Moran to comment on Maine’s statute and on these regulations with a view to recommending a course of action for Maine that will lead  us to wise well informed metallic mining policy. With enough people involved this could be done with very small contributions and a lot could be achieved for a modest and easily achievable sum.  Make expert  guidance our united position.
The cornerstone of environmental protection environmental risk management is an ARD Management program informing each phase of mining and  guiding the decisions on where and how to proceed at each phase of mining.  Our statute doesn’t “get that”.  Our draft rules are even further from that.  The pillars of wise statutory policy are (1) neutral drainage (2)a self sustaining post mining closure returning the eco system to its natural balance, functions and character.
There is always a long gap between that moment in history when there is consensus among experts and when that is reflected in law and policy.  No other state has accomplished that although there was much language available from many states that has translated important parts of that “expert consensus” into policy.
Maine had,, and maybe still has, the opportunity to be the first state to do that if we as activists and advocates for sound environmental policy and wilderness protection take the wise course of recognizing the limitations of our own expertise in metallic mining and collectively seek guidance and help from someone like David Chambers or Robert Moran.
Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM, Environmental Risk Manager
Bowker Associates Science & Research In the Public Interest
15 Cove Meadow Rd
Stonington, Maine 04681
207 367 5145
lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com
October 8, 2013
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Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2015 Bowker Associates collaborated with globally respected geophysicist David M. Chambers to recompile global authoritative accounts of significant TSF failures in recorded history and to analyze these data in the context of gloal mining economics 1910-2010 ( Risk, Economics and Public Liability of TSF Failures, Bowker/Chambers July 2015) In 2014 Bowker Associates commissioned globally respected geophysicist and hydrogeologist Dr. David Chambers to undertake two technical works: (1) development of technical go no go criteria for vetting mine applications tp://lindsaynewlandbowker.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/a-new-statutory-regulatory-framework-for-responble-sulfide-mining-should-this-mine-be-built/ and (2) a case study of Maine's Bald Mountain, an un mined low grade high risk VMS deposit demonstrating the efficacy and accuracy of two risk assessment tools in vetting mine proposals https://lindsaynewlandbowker.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/mountain-x-would-you-issue-a-permit-to-this-mine/ In Maine, Bowker Associates has deeply engaged and been a public voice in the Searsport DCP LPG Tank, The Cianbro proposal for a Private East West Toll Road, JD Irvings rolling pipeline of Bakken crude to its plant in St. John and review of Phase II plans at The Callahan Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, and Maine's revisitation of mining in statute and regulation... Our only “client”: is always “the pubic interest”. Our model is to focus on only one or two issues at a time so that we have a substantive command of the relevant field as our foundation for ongoing engagement. Our core work is in envirommental risk management, science and technology as well as bringing any available “best practices” models to the fore. The legal and regulatory history/best models are also a major thrust of our work in building and evaluating public policy. Director/Principal Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM is a recognized expert in Environmental Risk Management., Heavy Construction Risk Management and Marine and Transit Risks and has more than 3 decades of engagement in buiding public policy. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to New York State Banking Board (served 1986-1996); President New York Chapter Chartered Property and Casualty Insurers; Environmental Committee, Risk and Insurance Management Society; Director, Convenor/Co-Chair Bermuda Market Briefing "From Captive to Cats" Hamilton Bermuda. Published Articles of Significance The Risk Economics and Public Liability of Tailings Facility Failures, co-authored with David M. Chambers, July 2015 Beyond. Polarization: Superfund Reform in Perspective, Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control (Jan. 24, 1997). Lead Hazards and Abatement Technologies in Construction: A Risk Management Approach CPCU Journal 1997 Employee Leasing: Liability in Limbo Risk Management June 1 1997 Environmental Audit Privilege and the Public interest Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control, April 1997 Asbestos:Holes In Abatement Policies Need To Be Plugged, Lloyd’s Environmental Risk International, May 1993 Editor Published Letters Evironmental Risk Management Beware of Facile Policies Like Fetal Protection Business Insurance 1995(?) High Court Review May Increase Sale of Bank Annuities Business Insurances August 8, 1995 Professional Profiles Protecting the Big Apple’s Core Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Control December 1996 Major Career Highlights First rigorous analysis showing Relationship Between declining ore grades and TSF Failures of increasing consequence ( July 2015) FIrst Documentation that Gentrification Has Same Impacts as Unassisted Displacement from Urban Renewal Sites Direted Court Ordered EIS of FHA Mortgage Scandal Created Nation's First Homeownership Program for Low Income People (SHIP) Created Earliest Geographic Information Systems Using Defense Technology Developed By IBM Designed and Conducted Parallel Census Count to Show Systematic undercount in minority neighborhoods Documented Bias in ISO Territory Rating Plans for Private Passenger Auto Insurance Using ISO's own Rating Techniques Demonstrated Inherent Bias in Mortgage Policies of Banks With Inner City Branches Demonstrated that NY Telephones Plan for Area Code Split To accommodate anticipated cell phone demand was not efficient and would exhaust in 5 years ( which it did) Undertook First Systematic Evaluation of Child Protective Services Caseload Using Multi Variate Analyic Techniques Developed Child Protective Caseload Management and Tracking System (CANTS) and directed implementation in 4 client states including Illinois, Florida and New York Created and Ran Office of Risk Management for NYC DEP the Nations largest Water & Sewer Authority . Designed, Created and Administered Nation's First Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP)for High Risk Tunneling Education Masters NYU Graduate School of Public Administration BSC New School For Social Research Maine Public Schools Deering High School
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