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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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Right now, retailers and consumers are left in the dark as to which products contain phthalates. Our proposal to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection calls for requiring manufacturers of household products to report that information publicly. We need your help so that parents, pregnant women and all Mainers know which products contain these harmful chemicals.

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 News and Events
California Makes it Law: Label Toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture
Environmental Working Group - 9/30/2014. 
By Bill Allayaud, California Director of Governmental Affairs - California scored a big win for human health and the environment today (Sept. 30) when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to require labeling on upholstered furniture to tell shoppers whether it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.
Salon Professionals Call on DEP to Act on Chemicals Known as Phthalates
Munjoy Hill News - 9/29/2014. 
By Carol McCracken - Parlour, a new Portland salon, was the site of a call for the Maine Department of Environmental Protections to approve a citizen-initiated rule requiring the disclosure of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in numerous consumer products by the companies producing the products. The chemical is called phthalates and is found in lotions, cosmetics and shampoos. Phthalates are a toxic chemical and Maine does not require public disclosure of products in which they are located.
Maine Salon Owners Join Call for DEP Action on Chemicals called Phthalates
ACHM Announcements - 9/29/2014. 
(PORTLAND) Over two dozen salon owners and stylists have added their voices to the growing call for disclosure of hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates in consumer products, including lotions, cosmetics, and shampoos. They announced their support at a Portland salon on Monday, saying the citizen-led rule being considered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would help them protect their customers and their employees, and help build market pressure for safer alternatives.
Salon owners back call for DEP to take action on phthalates - 9/29/2014. 
The Maine DEP has received hundreds of comments from people all over the state, voicing concerns over the chemicals known as phthalates. Salon owners joined forces with the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine to call on the DEP to gather more information on the chemicals that can be found in soft vinyl plastics like lunch boxes or beauty products. They are often hidden under the guise "fragrances."
Maine Salon Owners Press DEP for Answers on Phthalates
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 9/29/2014. 
By Irwin Gratz - Some salon owners in Maine say they want to know what's in some of the cosmetic products they use. They plan to deliver more than 400 letters today urging the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to require companies to report on whether any of four "phthalate" chemicals are in their products.
Dangerous Hair Salon Chemicals?
New England Cable News - 9/29/2014. 
By Amy Sinclair - Thomas Leighton, co-owner of Parlour, a salon in Portland, Maine, says there's an ugly side to the beauty business. "I've worked in the industry 16 years and I've known my people who've developed allergies and other problems after using these chemicals for so long,"Leighton said. He said stylists are particularly concerned about chemical compounds called phthalates that are found in many hair products, including shampoos, mousse and hair spray.
Maine has the chance to help families avoid the dangers of phthalates
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2014. 
Op-Ed by Maine Rep. Jeff McCabe - It’s obvious that kids live in our house from the moment you walk in. Their little jackets, shoes and backpacks are in the mudroom, their toys and school supplies are scattered around the family room, and kid shampoo and toothbrushes are on the bathroom counter. Maine families should be able to have these kinds of everyday items in their homes without worry. But products such as these can contain phthalates, a class of chemicals that disrupt hormones and are linked to health problems ranging from reproductive organ damage to learning disabilities and asthma to allergies.
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