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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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How Two College Pals Are Growing A Solution To Our Reliance On Plastic
Fast Company - 5/23/2013. 
By Patrick James - Six years ago, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre were college friends with a bright idea: using mushrooms and agricultural byproducts to create an alternative to plastic. Now, they’re growing a business that could change almost everything about how we live.
Bipartisan Bill Signals Momentum for Chemical Reform
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families - 5/22/2013. 
Washington, DC – Today, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) jointly introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The bill, sponsored by eight Democrats and eight Republicans, aims to reform the outdated federal toxics law currently on the books that both industry and public interest groups say has become unworkable.
Phthalates - Chemicals Widely Found in Plastics and Processed Food - Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure in Children and Teens
Science Daily - 5/22/2013. 
Plastic additives known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are odorless, colorless and just about everywhere: They turn up in flooring, plastic cups, beach balls, plastic wrap, intravenous tubing and - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the bodies of most Americans. Once perceived as harmless, phthalates have come under increasing scrutiny. A growing collection of evidence suggests dietary exposure to phthalates (which can leech from packaging and mix with food) may cause significant metabolic and hormonal abnormalities, especially during early development. New research published this Wednesday in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that certain types of phthalates could pose another risk to children: compromised heart health.
Maine needs greater disclosure about toxins in toys
Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2013. 
Op-Ed by Morgan Pottle Urquhart - I have a three-year-old son who adores Matchbox cars. He has carried them around with him all day, nearly every day, for almost a year. My son’s most treasured possessions contain mercury at a level that is 30 times higher than what is considered to be a high level of mercury.
The best Mother’s Day present: No BPA in food packaging, healthy children
Bangor Daily News - 5/7/2013. 
Op-Ed by Robin Barstow - Mothers are diverse. There are all kinds of us. We’re tall, we’re short, we’re in between. We’re black, we’re white, we’re brown. We’re funny, we’re serious, we’re sometimes both. We’re rich, we’re poor, we’re in the middle. Some of us love to do the dishes, some of us hate to do the dishes. We’re diverse. And yet, I believe that we all want the same thing this Mother’s Day. Cards are wonderful, flowers are wonderful, chocolate, too, but best of all is healthy children. All women, I believe, want healthy children for Mother’s Day. This is why, as a mother of two young children, I support LD 1181, An Act to Further Strengthen the Protection of Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals, sponsored by Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond.
Why can’t ACC tell the truth about the Safe Chemicals Act?
Environmental Defense Fund - 5/6/2013. 
By Richard Denision - It's very disheartening to see just how far the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has moved away from anything resembling a good-faith effort to debate and advance meaningful reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). There's more than enough in TSCA reform for stakeholders to debate and disagree about without adding distortions and outright falsehoods to the mix, yet ACC seems intent on doing just that.
Parents should demand legislative action on Healthy Kids Bill
Portland Press Herald - 5/3/2013. 
Op-Ed by Erica Lowell - As a young mother, I should not be put in the position of trying to figure out if there are chlorinated flame retardants in the furniture, phthalates in my sons' toys, parabens in our shampoo or BPA in a can of soup.
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