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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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FDA likely to delay ruling on BPA
JSOnline (Milwaukee) - 11/30/2009. 
Despite months of additional study and a self-imposed timetable, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration likely will not release its ruling Monday on the safety of bisphenol A, a chemical used in thousands of household products that has been linked to developmental and behavioral problems.
Lead, chemicals found in toys despite stricter law
Washington Post - 11/25/2009. 
Despite a new law that bans six chemicals from children's products and lowers the lead limit for them, a public interest group has found a number of toys at major retailers that contain the chemicals and illegal amounts of lead.
Getting to the Bottom of Plastic Bottle Risks
BusinessWeek - 11/25/2009. 
Retailers are demanding vigilance against worrisome chemicals in containers, food, and other goods
Trouble in Toyland: The 24th Annual Survey of Toy Safety
U.S. PIRG Announcements - 11/24/2009. 
The 2009 Trouble in Toyland report is the 24th annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. This report provides safety guidelines for parents when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.
Case of the Toxic Gingerbread Man
Science News - 11/21/2009. 
Why did researchers take a knife to a cute little plastic gingerbread man? To make him give up the source of his toxic fumes.
Is BPA, a Chemical Commonly Found in Food Containers, Ruining Your Sex Life?
Alternet - 11/17/2009. 
Erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems were two side effects in a recent study of men exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, or BPA.
Pilot Study Relates Phthalate Exposure to Less-Masculine Play by Boys
University of Rochester Medical Center - 11/16/2009. 
A study of 145 preschool children reports, for the first time, that when the concentrations of two common phthalates in mothers’ prenatal urine are elevated their sons are less likely to play with male-typical toys and games, such as trucks and play fighting.
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