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  • Published
    August 24, 2011

    Half of dams that threaten lives lack state inspection

    Maine is not living up to the state law that requires regular inspections of the nearly 100 dams in the state classified as hazardous for their potential to take lives or sweep away buildings, roads and bridges. The state has 93 such dams from Limestone to Sanford. Of those, the state classifies 24 as “high hazard potential,” meaning that misoperation or failure could “probably cause loss of life.” The other …

  • Published
    August 24, 2011

    Problem not new

    Over the years, many warnings have been issued about the problems with the state’s dam safety program. Nine years ago, the state’s chief dam inspector, Tony Fletcher, wrote in a report to the national Dam Safety Program: “The Maine Dam Safety Program is critically short of resources, and the task of hydrological validation has become more and more pressing, especially in light of recent dam failures in the …

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