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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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Administration Resistance Revealed in Investigative Report
ACHM Announcements - 6/17/2013. 
Today, an investigative report by Colin Woodard of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram revealed that Gov. LePage’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, has stalled restrictions on toxic chemicals in everyday products to the benefit of out-of-state corporate interests – including the very same chemical industry she formerly served as a paid lobbyist.
Efforts to reduce risks to kids run into a powerful foe
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2013. 
By Colin Woodard - Overseen by a former chemical industry lobbyist, Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection resists regulations on substances that may be harmful to children and fetuses.
The lobbyist in the henhouse: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving?
Portland Press Herald - 6/15/2013. 
By Colin Woodard - For two years, public servant Patricia Aho has overseen Maine's environmental protection. But whom does she really serve? A seven-month investigation by the Telegram points to her former corporate clients. Part 1 of a 3-day series.
Legislation helps clear the 'chemical swamp'
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 6/14/2013. 
Letter to the editor by Sydney R. Sewall, MD - Face it, we all live in a "chemical swamp" as a by-product of our material wealth. Better living through chemistry has afforded us cheap and remarkably useful materials for our homes, toys, cars -- and food packaging. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals used in these materials have health effects, especially for children, and there are no effective rules directing companies to test for these effects.
A bipartisan chemical safety bill
Seacoast Online - 6/13/2013. 
Op-Ed by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins - From life-saving medicines to electronics and building materials, chemistry has produced countless beneficial innovations. At the same time, the unanticipated effects of some chemicals in everything from fabrics to food can be a hazard to both people and the environment. I have cosponsored the first bipartisan legislation that would update and strengthen outdated chemical safety laws, encourage innovation, and help reduce hazards.
Five steps backward with the chemical lobby bill
Environmental Working Group - 6/13/2013. 
By David Andrews - The industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 could be worse for the public than the law now on the books - the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
Study links food-packaging chemical and obesity in girls
USA Today - 6/12/2013. 
Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are leading causes of obesity in children, and now new research adds to growing evidence that the chemical BPA found in food packaging may be partly to blame.
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