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De Minimis Environmental Impact

Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC), the state of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) visited Saddleback Mountain to review the proposed site of the prototype installation on August 10. MDIFW and DEP determined that ReNewSnow’s SnowPod prototype would have a de minimis environmental impact and did not require a permit. LUPC subsequently determined that the manner in which ReNewSnow plans to operate the prototype "constitutes a use or activity allowed without a permit."


“Our relationship with these government departments is critical. We consider them long-term partners as we try to make skiing more economical and environmentally friendly,” said Gilbert Lamphere Jr, Senior Vice President/Finance, ReNewsnow.




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