Maine Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up and Closures, Question 2 (1987)

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The Maine Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up and Closures Bond Issue, also known as Question 2, was on the November 3, 1987 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $8 million in bonds to clean up and close solid waste landfills that posed a hazard to public health and water quality. The proceeds of the bonds were allocated in two amounts: $1.5 million for a site evaluation and planning program and $6.5 million for a municipal implementation grants program.[2][3]

Aftermath

In 1989, another legislatively-referred bond question issued an additional $6 million in bonds to clean up and close solid waste landfills that posed a hazard to public health and to ground water quality.[1]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (1987)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 273,837 70.29%
No115,72729.71%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Do you favor a $8,000,000 bond issue for cleaning up and closing solid waste landfills that pose a hazard to public health and to ground water quality? [4]

Media editorial positions

Support

  • Bangor Daily News said,

The cost of cleanup is high. But the cost of doing nothing, or of doing the job inadequately, is far higher. [4]

—Bangor Daily News Editorial, [5]

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