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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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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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Lautenberg, Colleagues Call for Further Investigation of Toxic Chemicals Found in Children's Products
Sen. Lautenberg Press Office - 2/20/2013. 
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) led a group of 23 Senators in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate whether flame retardant chemicals found in everyday household products put Americans’ health at risk.
Flame retardants in firefighters' systems
San Francisco Chronicle - 2/19/2013. 
By Stephanie M. Lee, Drew Joseph, Erin Allday, Victoria Colliver - A dozen San Francisco firefighters have been found to have unusually high levels of flame retardants in their systems, according to a new study that may help explain why many firefighters struggle with cancer and other health problems.
BPA Regulation: States Lead the Way to Safer Chemicals in Products
Pure Strategies - 2/18/2013. 
By Roian Atwood - As part of a wave of states across the country that are demonstrating leadership in addressing toxins in consumer products, the State of Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection voted last month to expand existing legislation to ban the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby food packaging.
State board may relax pesticide notification
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/17/2013. 
By North Cain - The state Board of Pesticides Control is considering a proposal to relax public notification requirements for pesticide spraying, so towns can respond more quickly to control mosquitoes or other insects that can transmit dangerous viruses.
Blood levels of BPA become source of controversy
Science News - 2/17/2013. 
By Janet Raloff - Boston: The ubiquity of the pollutant bisphenol A in many plastic products, food-can linings, cash-register receipts and dental resins means that everyone is exposed to it daily. But controversy remains about how much BPA people actually ingest or otherwise encounter.
Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny
National Public Radio - 2/14/2013. 
By Richard Harris - Many of the drugs we take aren't actually digested — they pass through our bodies, and down through the sewer pipes. Traces of those drugs end up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife. Nobody's sure what effect they have. Now, a paper being published in Science magazine finds that drugs for anxiety drugs - even at these very low levels - can affect the behavior of fish.
New Research Links Chemical Regulation with Market Innovation
Forbes - 2/13/2013. 
By Amy Westervelt - New research out today from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a nonprofit environmental law organization based in DC and Geneva, indicates that chemical regulation may actually have an upside for businesses. “It creates a market for green chemistry,” says CIEL’s Baskut Tuncak, who authored the study, entitled Driving Innovation: How stronger laws help bring safer chemicals to market.
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