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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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Fat, Stupid, Impotent & Dangerous: The Future Without Green Chemistry
Huffington Post - 11/14/2009. 
On Friday November 6, despite opposition from the chemical industry, the house passed a bill that would strengthen chemical plant security and require dangerous chemicals that could be used in terrorist attacks to be replaced by safer alternatives. The measure, said chemical industry lobbyists, explaining their objection to extending this Homeland Security provision instituted in the wake of 9.11, could lead to shortages of certain materials.
You Don't Want To Be Downwind
New York Times - 11/9/2009. 
Editorial - More than eight years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to shore up security at this country’s chemical plants. The requirements are reasonable, vital and long overdue. If terrorists were to attack a chemical plant near an American city or large town, they could unleash a toxic cloud that could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands.
Key Cancer Group Seeks Increased Funds To Assess Chemical Risks
Inside EPA - 11/9/2009. 
The American Cancer Society (ACS) -- a national health advocacy group that works to prevent cancer -- is calling for increased resources to improve monitoring and testing of chemicals in the environment, a move that could bolster efforts by environmentalists to clamp down on harmful chemical exposures as a way to reduce health care costs.
Momentum for revamp of toxins law
Delaware News Journal/Delaware Online - 11/8/2009. 
For the conscientious consumer, the ubiquity of chemicals in daily life has lately produced more questions than answers. Is it safe to microwave leftovers in a plastic container? To eat canned foods? To cook with nonstick pots and pans? Conclusive answers to questions like these are hard to find, and everyone from consumer advocates to industry groups to government officials blame an outdated regulatory system.
Chemicals in Our Food, and Bodies
New York Times - 11/7/2009. 
Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed. Your body is probably home to a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA. It's a synthetic estrogen that United States factories now use in everything from plastics to epoxies - to the tune of six pounds per American per year. That's a lot of estrogen. More than 92 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine, and scientists have linked it - though not conclusively - to everything from breast cancer to obesity, from attention deficit disorder to genital abnormalities in boys and girls alike. Now it turns out it's in our food.
EPA Proposes Labeling to Control Pesticide Drift, Evaluates Petition
Environmental News Service - 11/4/2009. 
Pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift was proposed today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new instructions are aimed at improving the clarity and consistency of pesticide labels and help prevent harm from spray drift, the toxic spray or vapor that travels from treated agricultural fields and into neighboring communities. The agency is also requesting comment on a citizens' petition to evaluate children’s exposure to pesticide drift.
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