Maine Is Leading The Nation In Promoting Safer Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals
- LD 2048 - An Act To Protect Children's Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children's Products. A first-in-the-nation chemicals policy reform bill authorizing the state to:
- identify - and prioritize for action - the most problematic toxic chemicals in consumer products that threaten children’s health;
- require manufacturers to tell us which prioritized, dangerous chemicals are in everyday consumer products; and
- phase out specific uses of hazardous chemicals if safer alternatives are found to be available, effective and cost comparable, with legislative approval. Maine’s Safer Chemicals Law creates a new paradigm for chemicals regulation in the United States by moving away from risk assessment (which sets “acceptable” levels of exposure to poisonous chemicals) and towards precautionary action to require safer substitutes to hazardous chemicals when alternatives are available, effective and affordable.
- LD 1658 - An Act to Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals Released into the Home Environment. A first-in-the-nation outright ban on the toxic flame retardant deca-BDE in favor of safer alternatives. Set national standard for eliminating this hazardous chemical from commerce.
- LD 1717 - An Act to Promote Recycling of Cellular Telephones. The most stringent cell phone recycling law in the country, requiring all cell-phone retailers to accept and recycle used cell phones at their stores.
- LD 1058 - An Act to Regulate the Use of Batteries Containing Mercury. Bans the sale of mercury-added “button cell” batteries and products containing such batteries.
- LD 1792 - An Act To Protect Maine Families and the Environment by Improving the Collection and Recycling of Mercury Thermostats. Requires manufacturers of mercury-containing thermostats to provide a $5.00 incentive for each one recycled.
- LD 1034 - An Act to Prevent Lead Poisoning of Children and Adults (Chapter 403). Raises $2.5 million from paint manufacturers for lead poisoning prevention programs over 5 years.
- LD 185 - An Act to Amend the Law on Mercury-added Products (Chapter 148). Increases bounty payment by auto manufacturers to expand recycling of mercury auto switches.
- LD 1157 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education and the Department of Environmental ProtectionTo Implement Procedures To Remove Hazardous Materials from Maine Schools (Chapter 93). Speeds the removal of dangerous and obsolete chemicals from Maine secondary schools.
- LD 1790 - An Act to Reduce the Contamination of Breast Milk and the Environment from the Release of Brominated Chemicals in Consumer Products (Chapter 629). Requires safer alternatives to brominated flame retardants (BFRs) used in computers, TVs and furniture.
- LD 1892 - An Act to Protect Public Health and the Environment by Providing a Shared System of Responsibility for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Electronic Waste (Chapter 661). Establishes manufacturers responsibility to fund recycling of computers and TVs.
- LD 1901 - An Act to Protect Public Health and the Environment by Improving the System for the Collection and Recovery of Mercury-added Thermostats (Chapter 640). Expands mercury thermostat recycling by establishing more collection centers.
- LD 1309 - An Act to Protect Public Health by Reducing Human Exposure to Arsenic (Chapter 457). Bans the sale of arsenic-treated wood; establishes home buyer right-to-know about arsenic hazards.
- LD 1159 - An Act to Reduce Mercury Use in Measuring Devices and Switches (Chapter 221). Requires safer alternatives to most uses of mercury in consumer products sold in Maine.
- LD 697 - An Act to Require the Installation of Dental Amalgam Separator Systems in Dental Offices (Chapter 301). Requires dentists to capture and recycle mercury waste from work on dental fillings.
- LD 1549 - An Act to Fund Municipal Collection of Household Hazardous Waste (Chapter 30). Transferred $438,000 from Finance Authority of Maine for household hazardous waste collection.