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About The Alliance
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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State Takes First Step in Removing Dangerous Chemicals from Consumer Products
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 7/17/2009. 
Life for Maine's children took a significantly safer turn with today's listing of more than 1,700 chemicals deemed to be of "high concern" to consumers. The listing is the result of an initiative supported by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the first step toward implementing Maine's Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products law. Proponents say the law will make children's products safer by identifying chemicals known to cause cancer and other health problems.
Number of Chemical Policies Surge at State Level
U Mass - Lowell - 7/16/2009. 
Increased concerns about the build-up of chemicals in the environment and their potential health effects are reflected in the rising number of state policies, according to an analysis conducted by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Autism: It's the Environment, Not Just Doctors Diagnosing More Disease
San Francisco Chronicle - 7/16/2009. 
California's sevenfold increase in autism cannot be explained by changes in doctors' diagnoses and most likely is due to environmental exposures, University of California scientists reported Thursday.
BPA, Health, and Nuance
Columbia Journalism Review - 7/16/2009. 
The FDA is supposed to reach a final decision on the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA)—a plastics additive found in many food and drink containers—by the end of this summer. Last month, STATS, a “statistical assessment service” affiliated with George Mason University, released an in-depth critique of the media’s coverage of the BPA debate.
Chemicals and Our Health
New York Times - 7/15/2009. 
Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof - However careful you are about your health, your body is almost certainly home to troubling chemicals called phthalates. These are ubiquitous in modern life, found in plastic bottles, cosmetics, some toys, hair conditioners, and fragrances — and many scientists have linked them to everything from sexual deformities in babies to obesity and diabetes.
Parkinson's linked to high levels of pesticide in the body
Telegraph (U.K.) - 7/14/2009. 
Parkinson's sufferers are more likely to have significant levels of a pesticide in their body than healthy people, a new study has found.
Raised pesticide level in blood' linked to Parkinson's
Daily Mail (U.K.) - 7/14/2009. 
People with raised levels of a particular pesticide in their blood may have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, research published today showed.
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