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Our Principles
We believe that all Maine people have a right to a healthy environment where we live, work and play.
We envision a future free of exposure to harmful chemicals in our air, water or food.
We want our children to grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.
We seek to build a healthy economy that provides good jobs producing clean products and services.
We are proud of all that’s been accomplished so far toward a clean and healthy Maine.

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This report is a collaborative effort of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a campaign dedicated to protecting American families from toxic chemicals. The report incorporates a significant body of peer-reviewed science on chemicals and health. Download the report.

 

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Delay in Requiring Lead Testing for Children’s Toys
New York Times - 1/30/2009. 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission delayed for a year the requirement that all children’s toys be tested for lead content. It acted a day after 67 business associations predicted “widespread bankruptcies” from the costs of the tests. The rule was to take effect on Feb. 10.
Food Packaging Chemicals Link With Reduced Fertility
Times of London - 1/29/2009. 
Chemicals found in food packaging, pesticides and household items may be linked to lower fertility among women, new research has suggested. A study of 1,240 women has found that those with higher levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in their bloodstreams tend to take longer to become pregnant than those with lower levels.
Like a Guest That Won't Leave, BPA Lingers in the Human Body
Scientific American - 1/28/2009. 
A new study indicates that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic bottles and can linings that has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and liver failure, may linger in the body far longer than previously believed.
GAO 'High Risk' Listing For EPA Chemical Program May Boost TSCA Push
Inside EPA - 1/27/2009. 
The Government Accountability Office's (GAO) decision to add EPA's chemical management program to its list of "high-risk" government programs may bolster efforts by public health activists to push lawmakers to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has so far taken a back seat to other congressional priorities.
Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds Brand-Name Food Products Also Discovered to Contain Mercury
Common Dreams - 1/26/2009. 
Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient--including products by Quaker, Hershey's, Kraft and Smucker's. HFCS use has skyrocketed in recent decades as the sweetener has replaced sugar in many processed foods. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.
Epigenetic Toxicology
Institute For Science In Society - 1/21/2009. 
Bisphenol A in baby bottles and other plastics cause developmental defects across generations.
Mercury program makes it pay to do the right thing
Portland Press Herald - 1/20/2009. 
Editorial - Consumers and hardware stores both benefit while diverting a toxin from the environment.
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