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About The Alliance
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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Industry group calls for 'modernization' of toxic chemical law
New York Times - 2/27/2009. 
Congress should act to modernize the U.S. chemical regulatory system so it reflects the latest scientific research and restores the public's confidence, a leading chemical industry trade group told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday.
Congress Considers Reform Of U.S. Chemicals Control Law
Environmental News Service - 2/26/2009. 
The U.S. chemical regulatory system is failing to protect public health and the environment and is in dire need of reform, experts told a House panel Thursday. The legal hurdles of existing law make it virtually impossible for the federal government to limit or ban the use of toxic chemicals or to even obtain the information needed to devise effective regulations, several witnesses testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.
Everyday Products Are Filled With Toxins -- And We're Not Doing a Thing About It
Alternet - 2/25/2009. 
U.S. consumers are exposed to a vast array of harmful chemicals and additives in toys, cosmetics, plastic water bottles and countless other products.
Is That Fabulous New Toy Safe?
New York Times - 2/17/2009. 
Editorial - The American International Toy Fair in New York City this week has offered the newest and most tantalizing playthings in the world: walking plastic bugs, 3-D coloring sets, even Barbie, now 50 and wearing a golden outfit for the occasion. Yet one question hovered over the fair and its glittering new gizmos. Can the federal government assure consumers that the toys are safe?
Flame retardants travel hand to mouth on dust
Environmental Health News - 2/13/2009. 
Children are at risk of eating more than they bargained for if they don't wash their hands before eating. Researchers have found that dust contaminated with chemical flame retardants called PBDEs can stick to skin and may be a significant source of human exposure to the widely used compounds.
New Safety Law Doesn't Mean All's Well In Toyland
National Public Radio - 2/12/2009. 
Morning Edition Transcript and Audio Link - A new federal law took effect this week banning chemicals called phthalates in children's toys and other kids' products. While the ban was hailed as a victory for children's health, it's no guarantee that the products are safe.
Toy shopping no longer child's play
Portland Press Herald - 2/8/2009. 
Heightened vigilance is needed with millions of products declared toxic or posing other dangers
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