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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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Insecticides linger in homes, study finds
The Sacramento Bee - 2/25/2014. 
By Edward Ortiz - The insecticides found in roach sprays, flea bombs, ant traps and pet shampoos persist indoors for years after use and collect in the bodies of both adults and children, for whom they may pose health risks, a new UC Davis study has concluded.
Toxic Chemicals Linked to 'Global, Silent Pandemic' Striking Children Worldwide
Common Dreams - 2/17/2014. 
By Andrea Germanos - Toxic chemicals including some pesticides and solvents may be behind the increasing number of cases of neurodevelopmental disabilities – including autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder – among children, researchers warn.
'Putting the next generation of brains in danger'
CNN - 2/15/2014. 
By Saundra Young - Neurotoxicants – substances that impact brain development and can cause neurodevelopmental disabilities – include methylmercury, arsenic, PCBs, toluene, manganese, fluoride, tetrachloroethylene, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) and two pesticides, chlorpyrifos and DDT.
California-grown Lundberg rice shows near-zero heavy metals; case closed on 'naturally occurring' excuse for lead in rice products
Natural News - 2/14/2014. 
By Mike Adams - If all rice "naturally" contains high levels of heavy metals, then we would expect to see these rice tests showing at least 100 ppb of lead and possibly 400 ppb cadmium, which is still far lower than the levels we found in rice protein (which is somewhat more concentrated than raw rice). But what did I find in this California-grown rice? Virtually zero heavy metals.
Pyrethroid insecticides increasing in people, homes
Environmental Health News - 2/6/2014. 
Exposure to pyrethroids is increasing, with the insecticides found in two-thirds of adults, children and homes tested, according to a new study led by University of California, Davis researchers. In addition, children are still widely exposed to another insecticide banned for household use a dozen years ago.
Maine Voices: Updating federal chemical safety law will mean healthier Maine families
Portland Press Herald - 2/6/2014. 
By Mike Michaud and Mike Belliveau - Mainers deserve to know that the household products they buy are free from dangerous chemicals that can harm the health of their families. But until we fix our badly broken chemical safety system, there’s no guarantee.
More evidence that BPA is harmful
Philadelphia Inquirer - 2/2/2014. 
By Sandy Bauers, Green Space - Five years ago, U.S. environmental officials launched what they called an "unprecedented" research program examining the health effects of bisphenol A, used in many consumer products for decades.
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