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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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Biologists look skyward for clues to human health
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/17/2012. 
By North Cairn – Based on the premise that what happens to the health of bald eagles and loons might someday be what's in store for us, a small group of wildlife biologists based in Gorham is researching such species to find out how they are dealing with changes to ecosystems.
Keeping it in the family: BPA’s effects might last in our bodies for generations
Grist - 9/13/2012. 
By Tom Laskawy – Back in May, I pointed to a study on a farm chemical that was found to cause physiological and behavioral changes in rats. Worryingly, the effects persisted for generations after a single exposure (it was the first time this phenomenon was extensively documented in an industrial chemical). Now, another study has found evidence of multi-generational effects of exposure – in this case, to that ubiquitous endocrine disruptor you love to hate: bisphenol A (BPA).
Dichlorophenol-containing pesticides and allergies: results from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006
Annals of Asthma, Allergies & Immunology - 9/9/2012. 
By Elina Jerschow, M.D., et al. – Of 2,211 people ages 6 and over, those with the highest concentrations of dichlorophenols in their urine were most likely to show allergic reactions to one or more food allergens. Dichlorophenols are widely used as pesticides and to chlorinate water.
Overwhelming Support for BPA-Free Baby and Toddler Foods Expressed at Public Hearing
ACHM Announcements - 9/6/2012. 
Experts Highlight Strong Science and Availability of Safer Alternatives
How Dangerous Is Your Couch?
New York Times - 9/6/2012. 
By Dashka Slater – In September 1976, a mail runner from Katmandu arrived at Base Camp on Mount Everest with a package for Dr. Arlene Blum, a member of the American Bicentennial Everest Expedition. Inside were the proofs of an article she co-wrote for the journal Science about a chemical then widely used in children’s sleepwear. The subtitle was unusually blunt for a scientific paper: “The main flame retardant in children’s pajamas is a mutagen and should not be used.”
Large Crowd Expected for Public Hearing on BPA-Free Baby and Toddler Foods
ACHM Announcements - 9/5/2012. 
Experts to Highlight Strong Science and Availability of Safer Alternatives
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