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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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Weed killer kills human cells. Study intensifies debate over 'inert' ingredients
Environmental Health News - 6/22/2009. 
Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.
Is this EPA Serious about Chemical Regulation?
Environmental Working Group - 6/22/2009. 
The federal program to “assess and manage” industrial chemicals polluting the environment has never done either. Instead of ChAMP (for Chemical Assessment and Management Program, Orwellian Newspeak if we ever heard it), it should have been named KERCHING — for the millions of dollars the chemical industry reaped while escaping effective regulation. Last week, Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, signaled she will likely shelve ChAMP, set up by the regulation-averse Bush administration to meet the letter, if not the spirit, of U.S. obligations under a 2007 anti-pollution agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Children susceptible to pesticides longer than expected, study finds
UC Berkeley News - 6/22/2009. 
Although it is known that infants are more susceptible than adults to the toxic effects of pesticides, this increased vulnerability may extend much longer into childhood than expected, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Obama Administration Suspends CHAMP Chemical Assessment Program
TreeHugger - 6/21/2009. 
The EPA has thrown Industry and Citizens into confusion with an announcement that all activity to screen and prioritize hazardous chemicals under CHAMP is to be suspended, effective immediately.
Canada to pull plug on ‘rubber duck' chemicals
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - 6/20/2009. 
Health Canada plans to ban the “rubber duck chemicals,” six compounds widely used in the manufacture of soft plastic children's toys, after similar restrictions in the United States and the European Union.
More evidence links pesticides to Parkinson's
Reuters - 6/19/2009. 
A new study confirms the link between on-the-job pesticide exposure and Parkinson's disease, and suggests that certain insecticides may be particularly risky.
A Chemical Found in Most Consumer Products May Cause Heart Disease in Women
Alternet - 6/18/2009. 
A study released this week by researchers at the University of Cincinnati says that exposure to bisphenol A may increase heart disease in women.
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