Maine tribes cite industry pressure
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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002

Two Maine tribes are withdrawing from an agreement over control of water quality in Indian Country.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation were willing to accept state oversight but say paper companies were being allowed to discuss the settlement. The tribes believe pollution from the paper industry is at the heart of problems affecting their water.

The tribes still plan on turning over documents to the companies as part of a state freedom of information lawsuit. The tribes are awaiting clarification on the types of documents requested.

The Environmental Protection Agency could still assume control over rivers running through and near the tribes' reservations.

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Tribes reject water compact (The Bangor Daily News 5/11)

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