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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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Cracking the Autism Riddle: Toxic Chemicals, A Serious Suspect in the Autism Outbreak
Huffington Post - 6/30/2009. 
Over the past 30 years, toxic chemicals, like Teflon, plastics, and formaldehyde have increasingly invaded our homes. We used to think these substances were harmless, but a rising tide of evidence has turned the spotlight on chemical exposures as a possible poison to our children's developing brains.
Plastic chemical may stay in body longer: study
Reuters - 6/28/2009. 
A controversial chemical used in many plastic products may remain in the body longer than previously thought, and people may be ingesting it from sources other than food, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
It's Time To Learn From Frogs
New York Times - 6/27/2009. 
(Opinion Editor Nick Kristof) Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their sexual organs. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians began to sprout extra legs. In heavily polluted Lake Apopka, one of the largest lakes in Florida, male alligators developed stunted genitals.
Does BPA Cause Infertility?
Environmental Working Group - 6/26/2009. 
Yale researchers may have solved a fundamental medical mystery: how bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous plastics component, changes genetic chemistry and impairs fertility.
Yale Scientists Discover How BPA Causes Infertility
Huffington Post - 6/26/2009. 
Yale researchers may have solved a fundamental medical mystery: how bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous plastics component, changes genetic chemistry and impairs fertility.
Higher bone-lead levels associated with dementia
Environmental Health News - 6/26/2009. 
Older adults with higher amounts of lead in their bones exhibit greater memory impairment than adults with low lead levels. In a study of men and women 55 to 67 years old, higher lead levels were associated with poorer performance on tasks used to assess memory deficits. Poor performance on these same tasks is frequently observed among adults with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Chemicals in shower curtains and children's toys linked to underweight babies
Daily Mail (U.K.) - 6/25/2009. 
Gender-bending chemicals in shower curtains, vinyl flooring and children's toys could increase the risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, scientists say. A study has shown a link between phthalates - common chemicals used to soften plastics - and the health of newborns.
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