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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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BPA spikes 1200 per cent after eating canned soup
Common Dreams - 11/23/2011. 
Agence France Presse – Washington: People who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels of the chemical bisphenol A spike 1,200 per cent compared to those who ate fresh soup, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The randomized study, described as "one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods," was done by Harvard University researchers and appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association's November 23 issue.
Responding to Senators Snowe and Collins’ Acknowledgement that the Federal Chemical Safety Law must be Improved
ACHM Announcements - 11/21/2011. 
Following a request from Maine parents, businesses, doctors, nurses, and public health advocates, including 5000 postcards and letters from every corner of Maine, Senators Snowe and Collins both went on record last week stating that more must be done to ensure the safety of chemicals used in consumer products.
What drugs was your Thanksgiving turkey on?
Alternet - 11/21/2011. 
By Martha Rosenberg – So far, 2011 has not been a great year for turkey producers. In May, an article in Clinical Infectious Diseases reported that half of U.S. meat from major grocery chains – turkey, beef, chicken and pork – harbors antibiotic resistant staph germs commonly called MRSA. Turkey had twice and even three times the MRSA of all other meats, in another study.
At Senate hearing, trade groups split over efforts to ravamp chemical-safety law
Washington Post - 11/17/2011. 
The nation’s leading chemical manufacturers on Thursday bashed a Senate measure that would revamp the nation’s chemical safety law, as concerns mount that ingredients used in making everyday consumer products may lead to serious health problems.
Fireworks explode as Dems, industry debate reform bill
E&E Publishing - 11/17/2011. 
by Jeremy P. Jacobs. What started as a subdued hearing on updating chemical regulations erupted into a shouting match today when Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin accused industry of attempting to sabotage a reform bill. The Maryland senator lambasted American Chemistry Council (ACC) President Cal Dooley, saying his group has chosen to criticize legislation instead of offering concrete alternatives.
Maine advocates want Collins/Snowe to support update to chemicals safety law
Portland Press Herald - 11/17/2011. 
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine wants Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to support legislation by Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey updating how chemicals are regulated by the federal government.
Coalition members urge senators’ support for toxic control act
Bangor Daily News - 11/16/2011. 
It wasn’t convenient to drive two hours from southern Maine in the middle of the week for Emma Halas-O’Connor and Tracy Gregoire, but they weren’t about to slack off when a big goal was in sight. Their purpose was to promote the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which is the subject of U.S. Senate hearings on Thursday, and urge Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to back the bill.
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