Declare Independece From Toxic Chemicals
In the summer of 2007, Mainers declared a need for independence from toxic chemicals.
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine asked citizens to sign postcards thanking the chairs of the State Legislature's Natural Resources Committee for the leadership they have shown in the campaign to phase out the brominated flame retardant Deca. The postcards also urged them to continue the effort and develop strong chemical policy reform.
While the toxic flame retardants are on their way out, we still are not free from trespass of toxic chemicals. Mainers are exposed to hundreds of unnecessary industrial chemicals that build up in our bodies.
Despite dangers to our health, industry is not required to demonstrate the safety of chemicals before adding them to consumer products, nor are they required to use safer alternatives to chemicals known to be hazardous.
We can't protect our children by addressing one chemical at a time. We must declare independence from unnecessary toxic chemicals and fix our broken chemical safety system.