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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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Baltimore Sun - 6/4/2012. 
Opinion Editorial by James Hubbard and Hannah Pingree. Industry lobbies against regulation of dangerous substances.
Pollution, Poverty & People of Color
Environmental Health News - 6/4/2012. 
Environmental Health News debuted a multi-week series, examining environmental justice issues, on June 4. For this series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, EHN dispatched reporters to seven communities across the United States to report on their struggles to cope with an array of environmental threats. On the 30th anniversary of a North Carolina battle that is widely considered the birth of the environmental justice movement, our reporters and photojournalists found a legacy of lingering problems and newly emerging threats that are jeopardizing people of color in low-income communities. Their stories resonate with all of us, no matter what color or class.
What would Huck say?
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 6/2/2012. 
Amy Calder column. Amy reflects on how fishing has changed over the decades in Maine, and on the warning "Fish caught in some Maine waters have high levels of PCBs, Dioxins or DDT in them. These chemicals can cause cancer and other health effects."
Low-Dose Effects of Endocrine Disruptors, with Laura Vandenberg
Environmental Health Perspectives - 6/1/2012. 
Reproduction, growth, behavior, and sleep patterns are just a few of the bodily functions controlled by hormones. Researchers around the world are examining what happens if chemical substances we’re exposed to in our daily lives interrupt or imitate natural hormonal messages. The body of scientific evidence so far suggests that even at very low doses, exposures to endocrine disruptors may have very real effects, and that low-dose effects may disappear at higher doses, giving an illusion of safety if chemicals are not tested at low-enough doses. In this podcast, host Ashley Ahearn talks with Laura Vandenberg about her recent review of the evidence on health effects of low-dose exposures to endocrine disruptors.
Chemicals That Make You Fat
Living On Earth - 6/1/2012. 
Some researchers, including Bruce Blumberg of the University of California, Irvine, believe chemicals we’re unwittingly exposed to could be making us fat. Blumberg tells host Steve Curwood if the timing is right, chemicals may be instructing stem cells to become fat cells.
Maine Mothers Deliver Message To Maine Senators In Washington
WABITV5 - 6/1/2012. 
A group of Maine mothers took a bus trip to Washington D.C. to ask lawmakers to ban some of the harmful chemicals in their kids products. The group of women from all over the state delivered a petition to Senators Snowe and Collins urging them to support the Safe Chemicals Act.
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