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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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Three Common Pesticides Toxic To Salmon
Environmental News Service - 4/21/2009. 
Three pesticides - carbaryl, carbofuran, and methomyl - jeopardize the existence of protected salmon and steelhead, the National Marine Fisheries Service said in a formal biological opinion released Monday.
Pesticides linked to Parkinson's, UCLA researchers find
Chicago Tribune - 4/20/2009. 
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have provided strong new evidence linking at least some cases of Parkinson's disease to exposure to pesticides.
EPA Will Mandate Tests On Pesticide Chemicals
Washington Post - 4/16/2009. 
The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time will require pesticide manufacturers to test 67 chemicals contained in their products to determine whether they disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates animals' and humans' growth, metabolism and reproduction, the agency said yesterday.
Chronic Exposure to the Herbicide, Atrazine, Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance
PLoS One - 4/13/2009. 
There is an apparent overlap between areas in the USA where the herbicide, atrazine (ATZ), is heavily used and obesity-prevalence maps of people with a BMI over 30. Given that herbicides act on photosystem II of the thylakoid membrane of chloroplasts, which have a functional structure similar to mitochondria, we investigated whether chronic exposure to low concentrations of ATZ might cause obesity or insulin resistance by damaging mitochondrial function.
Pesticides Blamed for Some Childhood Brain Cancers
Environmental Health News - 4/7/2009. 
Little is known conclusively about what causes brain cancer in children, but research studies are consistently finding links to pre-birth pesticide exposure. A new study finds that children who live in homes where their parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer versus those that live in residences in which no pesticides are used. Herbicide use appeared to cause a particularly elevated risk for a certain type of cancer.
Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Powdered Infant Formula
Environmental News Service - 4/3/2009. 
All 15 brands of powdered infant formula tested by scientists with the federal government's Centers for Disease Control were found to be contaminated with perchlorate, a component of solid rocket fuel, flares, fireworks and some fertilizers. The chemical has been detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories and at low levels in food supplies.
Flame retardant, banned in Maine, found in shellfish
Kennebec Journal - 4/2/2009. 
Flame-retardant chemicals banned in Maine because of emerging public health fears have shown up in sediment or shellfish in all U.S. coastal waters, including in mussels collected along the Maine coast, according to a new federal report.
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