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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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Spud Plantable Raincoat Made from Potatoes Closes the Loop
TreeHugger - 6/25/2009. 
This waterproof coat is made entirely of bioplastic derived from potato starch and other natural resources, which makes it a 100% biodegradable and compostable product.
Going into detox
Ottawa Citizen - 6/25/2009. 
Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, Citizen Special. Governments, consumers and retailers seem to be getting the message that toxins don't belong in our toys, bottles and bath products.
Fruits and Vegetables Potentially Soaked With Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical
Environmental Working Group - 6/24/2009. 
Large plastic pallets used to ship, cool and store produce contain decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), a flame retardant chemical and known neurotoxin that may leach onto the fruits and vegetables inside.
Why the Adage 'the Dose Makes the Poison' Can Be Toxic to Corporate Chemicals Policy
GreenBiz.com - 6/24/2009. 
There probably are lots of senior execs who've been comforted when their chief scientist or toxicologist has told them that since "the dose makes the poison," they shouldn't sweat some new study about a chemical found in small amounts in their products. Unfortunately, this maxim, which has been around for about 500 years, is somewhat misleading; taking it at face value may be toxic to your company's reputation.
POPs blood levels down in a sample of pregnant US women
Environmental Health News - 6/23/2009. 
First time expectant mothers in the US have much lower blood levels of selected persistent organic pollutants than women did before the chemicals' ban and restrictions on use and emissions.
Gov. Baldacci signs 2 ecofriendly bills
Bangor Daily News - 6/23/2009. 
Gov. John Baldacci held a ceremonial signing Monday for bills that would establish an industry-funded recycling program for compact fluorescent light bulbs and create a registry for those who want notification about aerial pesticide applications.
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Scientific American - 6/23/2009. 
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say.
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