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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.
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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 Leach From Packaging
Chemical & Engineering News - 8/31/2009. 
Plastic, rubber, cardboard, metal, and glass packaging act as a barrier against all sorts of contamination, but they are also a source of contamination. Speak with anyone who produces, studies, or regulates packaging, and you will hear this point repeated: It is not a question of whether packaging components will leach into a product, it’s a question of how much.
Hormone-Disrupting Herbicide Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water
Environmental News Service - 8/25/2009. 
The common herbicide atrazine, known to impact wildlife reproductive health, has contaminated watersheds and drinking water throughout much of the United States, finds a new report released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council that raises concern about the chemical's effects on human reproduction.
Atrazine acts in the brain to disrupt the hormones that trigger ovulation
Environmental Health News - 8/20/2009. 
The common and highly-used herbicide atrazine can act within the brain to disrupt the cascade of hormone signals needed to initiate ovulation, finds a study with rats published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction. Ovulation is a complex process that begins in the brain and ends with the release of eggs from the ovary. This new study finds that exposure to atrazine can interrupt this process but once the exposure ends, normal function resumes in a few days. The results shed new light on the way atrazine affects the female reproductive system and the persistence of these effects when adults are exposed.
Popular herbicide more deadly to liver cells than its active chemical alone
Environmental Health News - 8/18/2009. 
Very low doses of some types of the herbicide Roundup can disrupt human liver cell function; the formulations' toxicity may be tied to their "inactive" ingredients rather than the active weed-killing ingredient glyphosate.
State calls herbicide's risk minimal. Residents worry about toxicity, 'collateral damage' in milfoil fight
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009. 
The chemical the state plans to use to control milfoil in Salmon Lake can pose a risk to people, plants and animals -- but when used according to guidelines, those risks are negligible.
Toss toxics safely
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009. 
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable -- at no cost to homeowners.
Pesticides Deform Two More Species of California's Frogs
TreeHugger - 8/15/2009. 
Pesticides are again doing a number on California's amphibian population according to a new study by Don Sparling of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mongabay. A poisonous cloud of endosulfan is blowing through the Sierra Mountains and into crucial frog habitats. Which frogs are falling victims and why is the die off so dramatic?
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