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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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Cleaning out the inbox. Chemical testing and a life saved
Lewiston Sun Journal - 7/27/2012. 
Editorial. Our hat is off to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her colleagues on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee for finally advancing a bill that will better help protect U.S. consumers from toxic chemicals in the products they buy. Cheers to Snowe, a Republican, and to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., for getting out of committee a truly bipartisan bill that updates the 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act.
Senate Committee Takes Historic Vote To Overhaul US Chemical Policy
ACHM Announcements - 7/25/2012. 
In a historic vote today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed S.847, the Safe Chemicals Act, sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). This is the first time in over three decades that Congress has voted on any proposal to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a 36-year-old law that is widely considered to be outdated and ineffective at protecting health and ensuring chemicals used in everyday products are adequately tested for safety.
Committee sends chemical safety measure on to full Senate vote
Bangor Daily News - 7/25/2012. 
A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday signed off on the first major update to the nation’s chemical safety laws since 1976, referring the measure to the full Senate on a party-line vote.
Chemical companies are grilled about flame retardants
Chicago Tribune - 7/25/2012. 
Senators allege industry misused science, gave misleading testimony and created a phony consumer group that stoked the public's fear of furniture fires
Senate committee votes to overhaul chemical safety law
Portland Press Herald - 7/25/2012. 
A Senate committee voted Wednesday to overhaul a federal chemical safety law that critics claim is ineffective at keeping dangerous substances out of consumer products.
Hannah Pingree to U.S. senators: Chemical safety reform needed now
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2012. 
The federal government’s primary law regulating chemicals in household products is in desperate need of an update, Maine’s former House speaker told a congressional committee in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
Historic Week For Safer Chemicals And Healthy Families
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families - 7/24/2012. 
Blog Entry by Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director. As you may have heard, the first vote on overhauling our outdated chemical policies in 36 years is now scheduled for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this Wednesday. The stakes for the vote are very high and what happens around it may determine whether we have reform anytime soon.
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