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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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Study links BPA to birth defects, miscarriage
Fox - 9/25/2012. 
By Alex Crees – A new study has found ‘compelling’ evidence that the plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA) may negatively impact women’s reproductive systems and cause chromosome damage, birth defects and miscarriages.
BPA damages chromosomes in monkeys
USA Today - 9/24/2012. 
By Liz Szabo – A new study in monkeys provides the strongest evidence yet that an estrogen-like chemical called BPA could alter chromosomes, increasing the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, scientists say. Although researchers have performed hundreds of studies of BPA in mice, there are far fewer studies in humans and their closest relatives, non-human primates.
Our View: Obesity epidemic calls for supersize solution
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2012. 
As Americans keep getting heavier, we face a significant health crisis across our society. Everyone knows what to do if they are gaining too much weight. Eat less, exercise more and most bodies will respond. But what if it's not just a few pounds we are gaining, but millions? What if it's not just individuals getting fat, but the whole country? A new study indicates that we better come up with an answer for that one and we better do it soon.
Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Hazard, Report Warns
Environmental Health Strategy Center - 9/20/2012. 
A new Mercury Policy Project report documents the mercury in tuna that is sold to schools in 11 states. Mercury is a potent nervous-system poison. Over the past decade, awareness about the risks of mercury in fish has increased and pregnant women in particular have learned to shop carefully, as the 2004 Federal fish consumption advisory suggests limiting intake of tuna and other high-mercury fish. But what about the risks from the fish that children consume at school?
Link Between BPA And Childhood Obesity Is Unclear
National Public Radio - 9/18/2012. 
By Jon Hamilton – BPA could be making kids fat. Or not. That's the unsatisfying takeaway from the latest study on bisphenol A – the plastic additive that environmental groups have blamed for everything from ADHD to prostate disease.
BPA linked to obesity in white children
Environmental Health News - 9/18/2012. 
By Brian Bienkowski – White children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study by NYU School of Medicine scientists is the first to link the chemical to obesity in children. Previous research reported links in adults and animals.
BPA linked to childhood obesity
NBC - 9/18/2012. 
Video: Studies suggest that a chemical used to prevent corrosion in the lining of cans and bottles can make fat cells bigger, and disrupt the balance of estrogen and testosterone in our bodies. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.
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