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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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Local groups among those who sue EPA over rules on pesticide emissions
Ventura County Star - 12/31/2012. 
By Cheri Carlson - A suit has been filed in federal court on behalf of groups that allege that new rules on pesticide emissions violate the Clean Air Act, which requires that the state’s pesticide regulatory program does not discriminate on the basis of race. The organizations say air pollution from pesticides disproportionately affects Latino children.
Chemicals in the crib
Chicago Tribune - 12/28/2012. 
By Patricia Callahan and Michael Hawthorne - Three popular brands of baby mattresses that were marketed in recent months to families and day care centers contained toxic flame retardants linked to increased cancer risk, according to laboratory tests conducted for the Chicago Tribune. One member of that family of chemicals, known collectively as chlorinated tris, was removed from children's pajamas over cancer concerns a generation ago.
White House stalls critical EPA report highlighting chemical dangers to children
Investigative Reporting Workshop - 12/21/2012. 
By Sheila Kaplan – A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report concluding that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems has been sidetracked indefinitely amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry. America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, is a sobering analysis of the way in which pollutants build up in children’s developing bodies and the damage they can inflict.
New DEP Study Supports Proposed Rule to End BPA Use in Food Packaging
ACHM Announcements - 12/21/2012. 
Augusta: An expert report requested by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finds that Maine children are unnecessarily exposed to the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (or BPA) because safer alternatives to BPA are widely available for food packaging for nursing infants and babies.
Environmental panel looks at alternatives in weighing expanded BPA ban
Bangor Daily News - 12/20/2012. 
By Matthew Stone - Augusta: A state environmental board Thursday started weighing whether manufacturers would have access to affordable packaging alternatives if Maine extended its ban on the chemical bisphenol A to packaging used for infant formula and baby and toddler foods.
Firm offers alternatives to BPA in lids, cans
Kennebec Journal - 12/20/2012. 
By Susan M. Cover - Augusta: There is no chemical substitute for the bisphenol-A that is used in infant formula cans and baby food lids. However, companies can use a different type of packaging to keep the food safe, a report from a New York environmental consulting firm has concluded.
Press Advisory: BPA Alternatives are Safer for Babies, New State Study Finds
ACHM Announcements - 12/20/2012. 
Board of Environmental Protection meets Thursday, Dec. 20, to discuss report’s evidence supporting proposed rule to end BPA use in food packaging
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