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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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Mom's pesticide exposure raises risk of infant leukemia
Environmental Health News - 1/30/2013. 
By Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá - A mother's exposure to pesticides before, during and after pregnancy may increase the risk of infant leukemia diagnosed before the age of 2, found a study from Brazil. Children were twice as likely to develop the rare cancers if their mothers were exposed three months before conception when compared to mothers who reported no exposures. A mother's exposure at any time to the insecticide permethrin also raised the cancer risk for infants.
Fish swim slower if parents exposed to flame retardant
Environmental Health News - 1/29/2013. 
Synopsis by Craig Butt and Wendy Hessler - Young zebrafish exposed to flame retardants through their mothers swam up to 60 percent slower and had reduced gene expression important for nervous system development. In natural settings, slower swimmers are easier targets for predators. A new study is unique because it shows in fish that exposure to PBDEs, found in some furniture and electronics, can lead to developmental and behavioral changes in their offspring.
Legislation Introduced To Get BPA Out Of All Canned Food Packaging
WABITV5 - 1/29/2013. 
By Rob Poindexter - Augusta: As part of the "Kids Safe Product Act," Maine identified 49 chemicals of high concern that could be found in food packaging sold in Maine. One of those chemicals was Bisphenol-A, or BPA. Earlier this month, the Board of Environmental Protection recommended the phase out of BPA from packaging on infant food sold in Maine, but toddler food packaging was not part of that ruling due to a loophole in the law.
New Legislation Calls for Action to Protect Kids from the Most Dangerous Chemicals
ACHM Announcements - 1/29/2013. 
Augusta - Last year, Maine named 49 Chemicals of High Concern, a list that identifies chemicals proven through strong, scientific evidence to cause cancer, reproductive problems, and hormone disruption. But no action has been proposed to reduce exposure to these chemicals - until today.
California intends to declare BPA a reproductive hazard
Environmental Health News - 1/25/2013. 
California today announced its intent to declare bisphenol A a reproductive hazard. Under a state law known as Prop. 65, items that contain a certain level of BPA would need warning signs for consumers. BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastic, and also is found in liners of food and beverage cans and some thermal receipts. The state says it based its proposal on "clear evidence of adverse developmental effects in laboratory animals at 'high' levels of exposure." The acceptable level proposed by state health officials is high, so no warning signs are expected.
BEP wise to protect Maine babies from BPA, but a loophole remains
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2013. 
OpEd by Tony Owens - Portland: I was pleased to read that at their meeting on Jan. 18, all members of Maine's Board of Environmental Protection indicated that they support changing Maine's rules to increase protections for infants and babies from the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A, or BPA.
BPA ban approved for Maine food packages
Portland Press Herald - 1/24/2013. 
By North Cain - Augusta: The state's Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously Thursday to approve a ban on bisphenol-A in packaging for baby food and infant formula. The measure, which the board endorsed in a preliminary vote last week, now goes to the Legislature for final approval.
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