Rep. Margaret Rotundo, D-Lewiston, and others will argue on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in support of a bill that would change the classification of the lower Androscoggin River and force mills and others to follow stricter standards in an effort to limit pollution.

LD 154 would change from Class C to Class B a section of the river between the Worumbo Dam in Lisbon Falls and a line formed by the extension of the Bath-Brunswick boundary across Merrymeeting Bay.

The public hearing will be held at 1 p.m. in Room 216 of the Cross Building in Augusta. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources will review the bill and eventually decide whether it will be sent to the Legislature for a vote.

Rotundo, a co-sponsor of the bill, recently said the proposal is another step toward restoring the Androscoggin so it can be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.

The river is already Class B from the New Hampshire border to Rumford. From Rumford to the ocean, it’s Class C.

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