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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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Herbicide Used in Argentina Could Cause Birth Defects
Herald Tribune - 4/27/2009. 
The herbicide used on genetically modified soy – Argentina’s main crop – could cause brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses, according to the results of a scientific investigation released Monday.
CFL Dangers: Part 1 Mercury Exposure
khsltv.com - 4/27/2009. 
CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs are the latest and greatest thing in green energy. They are supposed to last several years, and use about 25% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs. But there is a dark side to CFLs. CFLs contain mercury, a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system and can harm brain development in young children.
E-waste recycling a hit in Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 4/27/2009. 
The old computer and monitor that Steve Foster brought Saturday to the Bangor Mall parking lot had been sitting on his porch for at least three years. The microwave oven the Orono man dropped off at the e-waste recycling event broke recently.
EPA’s new pesticide testing is outdated, crude
Environmental Health News - 4/27/2009. 
by Theo Colburn. In its search for endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the EPA should turn to scientists who think outside the box and inside the womb. The agency’s testing program is “a pitiful skeleton” that will fail to detect many serious effects on human development.
Activists, farmers debate bills targeting pesticide spraying
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2009. 
Lawmakers heard arguments Thursday from organic farmers and environmental groups that want new rules to help residents protect themselves from exposure to potentially toxic pesticides.
Lawmakers Considering Tougher Regulations For Spraying Pesticides
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 4/23/2009. 
A legislative panel is weighing a number of proposals aimed at changing requirements on pesticide application. Some would impose new restrictions on aerial spraying, while others demand notification procedures for those living within a quarter-mile of a spraying area. Farmers who use the pesticides claim they are being unfairly targeted. But some activists say the rules don't go far enough.
Lead from mom's bones influences baby's gene patterns
Environmental Health News - 4/21/2009. 
Lead released from a woman's bones during pregnancy can affect her developing baby's DNA in ways that can alter gene expression and possibly increase the child's lifelong susceptibility to disease. This is the first study to show that lead can influence genetic programming in human cells, and hence, gene expression, throughout life.
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