- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee is studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment and its economy.

The Maine state Legislature passed a law this spring that establishes a commission to study and address the effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems and shellfisheries. State officials say the commission is the first of its kind in the eastern United States.

State officials say the 16-member council is appointed and will meet at least four times before completing its work by Dec. 5. It will report findings to the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

Sen. Chris Johnson, D-Somerville, is the committee’s Senate chair and Rep. Mick Devin, D-Newcastle, the House chair. The committee also includes three other legislators, three state government officials, and eight members of the public.

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