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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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Chemicals on federal radar pervasive in Chicago air
Environmental Health News - 4/30/2013. 
By Brian Bienkowski - On the brink of federal regulatory review, chemicals in deodorants, lotions and conditioners are showing up in Chicago’s air at levels that scientists call alarming. The airborne compounds - cyclic siloxanes - are traveling to places as far as the Arctic, and can be toxic to aquatic life. "These chemicals are just everywhere," said Keri Hornbuckle, an engineering professor at the University of Iowa and senior author of a new study.
Your Body Is a Corporate Test Tube
TomDispatch - 4/28/2013. 
By Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner - Just over three years ago, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP killed 11 people, injured 17, and polluted the Gulf of Mexico with 210 million gallons of Louisiana sweet crude. It turns out, however, that the casualty toll didn’t end with those 28 workers. The real number may reach into the thousands.
The Toxic Chemical Experiment on Our Reproductive Systems
Women's Voices from the Earth - 4/24/2013. 
By Cassidy Randall - Women’s health problems linked to toxic chemicals are on the rise. Rising rates of breast cancer, early puberty, contaminated breast milk, infertility, birth defects - the list, unfortunately, goes on.
BPA levels in fetal livers higher than adult exposures
Environmental Health News - 4/18/2013. 
Synopsis by Virginia T. Guidry and Wendy Hessler - A new study shows bisphenol A can cross the placenta and get into the developing livers of fetuses. Even more importantly, 80 percent of the BPA measured in the fetal livers was the more active type of BPA - free BPA - which is thought to cause health effects.
Washington state Senate passes bill to ban carcinogenic flame retardants in products made for kids
The Oregonian - 4/17/2013. 
AP - The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children.
Ban endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products
TAENK (Denmark) - 4/16/2013. 
Latest news: A test shows that the combined exposure from suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals in all your make-up and personal care products may pose a risk to your health.
Flame retardants in consumer products are linked to health and cognitive problems
Washington Post - 4/15/2013. 
By Liza Gross - Studies in laboratory animals and humans have linked the most scrutinized flame retardants, called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, lower IQ, advanced puberty and reduced fertility. Other flame retardants have been linked to cancer.
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