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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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The Danger Downwind
New York Times - 5/23/2012. 
Editorial. In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama co-sponsored a tough law aimed at protecting the public from an accident or terrorist attack at one of the nation’s chemical plants. Opposed by industry and President George W. Bush’s White House, the bill never made it to the Senate floor. A weak substitute was passed instead, and the dangers remain. President Obama can fix the problem.
Maine moms pressing for safer chemicals
Kennebec Journal - 5/22/2012. 
Two dozen Maine moms are joining a demonstration in Washington, D.C., to call for an update of federal law governing chemicals in every day products.
Two Dozen Maine Moms Leave for Washington to Take on Chemical Industry
ACHM Announcements - 5/21/2012. 
Bringing unanimous message from Maine Legislature and over 2,500 petitions calling for Snowe, Collins, and Congress to protect children’s health.
Are you safe on that sofa?
New York Times - 5/19/2012. 
Opinion Editorial by Nicholas Kristof. Chances are that if you’re sitting on a couch right now, it contains flame retardants. This will probably do no good if your house catches fire — although it may release toxic smoke. There is growing concern that the chemicals are hazardous, with evidence mounting of links to cancer, fetal impairment and reproductive problems.
Moms Will Lead the Way to Protect Our Kids From Toxic Chemicals
Huffington Post - 5/17/2012. 
Guest Column By Hannah Pingree. As the Speaker of the Maine House, I learned how to manage difficult political situations. But today, as the mom of a busy 14 month-old, I now understand that parents must deal every day with challenging political situations and choices -- some nearly as tricky as those elected officials face. Who knew the issue of protecting my family from toxic chemicals would be equally political?
Dow's 4 pillars of sustainable chemistry and a green economy
GreenBiz.com - 5/16/2012. 
Last year, world population surpassed 7 billion, and over the next four decades, it is expected to grow by 2 billion more. The impact this will have on the planet and society can be staggering -- increasing demand for material goods, growing strains on natural resources and energy supplies and more waste generated. To meet these needs, we will need more sustainable products and infrastructure -- in short, a more sustainable economy.
US lowers threshold for lead poisoning in young children; change means more will be diagnosed
Washington Post - 5/16/2012. 
For the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children.
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