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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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Senators from both parties team up to fix an ineffective chemical safety law
Bangor Daily News - 5/30/2013. 
Op-Ed by Todd Martin, Natural Resources Council of Maine - In today’s Washington, it’s strange enough to see a burst of bipartisanship. Odder still is that the unexpected cooperation might lead to the first major environmental law enacted since the 1990s.
Pass LD 1181
Bangor Daily News - 5/29/2013. 
Letter to the editor by Chris Hamilton - Protecting pregnant mothers and our children from harmful chemicals seems like an issue everyone can agree on. The Legislature is presently considering a bill - LD 1181, An Act to Further Strengthen the Protection of Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals. This bill would move us closer to getting bisphenol A and other toxic chemicals out of our food supply.
Fiery leader of breast cancer group puts chemical exposures in spotlight
Environment & Energy Publishing - 5/28/2013. 
By Kate Jacobs - Jeanne Rizzo of the Breast Cancer Fund focuses on environmental causes of breast cancer and criticizes such groups as Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society for not highlighting environmental factors.
Study shows dangers of BPA chemical used in plastic packaging
The Independent - 5/27/2013. 
By Steve Connor - Further evidence has emerged showing that a chemical used widely in plastic packaging and the lining of drinks cans may be harmful to health. The latest study has shown that bisphenol A (BPA) can affect the way genes work in the brains of laboratory rats, although other scientists have questioned the relevance of the findings to humans.
New Alliance Emerges to Tighten Chemical Rules
New York Times - 5/24/2013. 
By John M. Broder - Washington: The first credible effort in years to revamp the nation’s outmoded chemical safety law grew in part from the Senate’s failure in April to enact a gun buyer background check bill.
Committee Approves Bill to Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals
ACHM Announcements - 5/24/2013. 
AUGUSTA - Today, during their last work session of the year, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the Maine Legislature voted to strengthen Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act to reduce children’s exposure to BPA and other toxic chemicals in the home. LD 1181, “An Act To Further Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals", sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall (D-Richmond) was amended by the committee and now will head to votes in the Senate and House.
Senators Push for Safer Chemicals
Politico - 5/23/2013. 
By Erica Martinson - A new bill would give the EPA authority to act on dangerous chemicals and to require more scrutiny of chemicals before they reach the market. Currently, in a Catch-22 scenario, EPA can require safety testing only after evidence shows that a chemical is dangerous.
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