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Money for Maine: Federal aid and Investments
By Office of Rep Michaud
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:05:40 AM

Michaud Announces Additional Federal Aid for Great Northern Paper Mill Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced nearly $285,000 in federal aid to the workers from the Great Northern Paper Mill impacted by layoffs. The funding will go toward the Maine Department of Labor, and compliments federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits made available to mill workers in May.

"Having worked at the East Millinocket mill for more than 29 years, the developments there are extremely personal. This funding from the Department of Labor will help many of the GNP employees and comes in addition to an earlier round of relief funding we brought to East Millinocket in May," said Michaud. "These workers are among the best papermakers in the world. I will continue to do everything I can to assist in this situation however possible. And, as I have said, I expect Cate Street to live up to its financial obligations to the mill workers and towns over the coming months."

Today's funding will serve as a "wrap-around" to the TAA benefits first announced in May, allowing impacted employees to access services not accessible through TAA. TAA is a program of the Department of Labor that helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside of the United States. TAA provides these trade-affected workers with a variety of reemployment services and benefits to help them find new jobs and get back to work.

Michaud Praises $400,000 NOAA Investment for Penobscot River Habitat Conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is praising a $400,000 investment from NOAA that will go toward habitat conservation within the Penobscot River Habitat Focus Area. NOAA originally announced the Penobscot River and its tributaries as a Habitat Focus Area in early May. The goal of the initiative is to increase the spawning habitat for fish including Atlantic salmon, shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon, and river herring. The Penobscot River is the largest Atlantic salmon run in the country.

"This latest investment in restoring the Penobscot River is incredibly important. Restoring and even increasing the Penobscot's ability to support a wide variety of fish is a win for our state," said Michaud. "This project, over the long-run, stands to create new jobs and boost fishing, tourism and recreational activities on and along the Penobscot."

According to NOAA, the Penobscot's ability to host fish species has been severely hampered by a variety of factors including pollution and overfishing. The Habitat Focus Area program seeks to boost fish passages within the Penobscot and strengthen conditions for commercially important fish, and even increase capacity to provide accurate river flow forecasts for recreational activities.

"Pollution in the Penobscot River is what inspired me to get involved in public service to begin with," added Michaud. "The river runs near the home where I grew up, and I know it's incredibly important to so many other Mainers as well. This project will benefit many local communities across our state."

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