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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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Public Hearing Date Set For Proposed BPA Ban
WABITV5 - 7/19/2012. 
"You can walk into any supermarket and you can buy baby food, infant formula, and toddler food, in packages made without BPA," said Steve Taylor of the Environmental Health & Strategy Center. The plastic additive, which is found in hundreds of products sold in Maine, is an endocrine disruptor, according to some pediatricians. Studies have linked BPA to certain forms of cancer, learning disabilities, and infertility. The group's petition went before the Board of Environmental Protection Thursday, who voted to schedule a public hearing, to give everyone a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes to the laws.
Maine Environmental Board Considers Extending BPA Ban
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 7/19/2012. 
Just two days after the FDA banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection met today to consider whether Maine should extend the BPA ban to baby and toddler food packaging. The seven-member citizen panel accepted a petition signed by over 800 Maine voters, and will hold a public hearing on the issue in September.
State Takes First Step to Halt Use of BPA in Children’s Food Packaging
ACHM Announcements - 7/19/2012. 
FDA action this week underscores safety concerns with toxic chemical
FDA bans BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups
CBS News - 7/17/2012. 
The controversial chemical BPA, or bisphenol-A, can no longer be used in manufacturing baby bottles or sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
BPA for lunch? 6 kid-friendly canned foods that flunked test
CBS News - 7/17/2012. 
There's fresh evidence of BPA in canned foods. A breast cancer advocacy group tested six popular child-friendly canned foods and found all six contained varying levels of the controversial chemical. Why controversial? Because preliminary research has linked BPA to a range of health problems, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infertility, and neurological disorders.
Federal chemical safety system needs a complete overhaul
Kennebec Journal - 7/16/2012. 
Opinion Editorial by Russell Libby. Russell discusses the two forms of cancer he is dealing with, and urges Senators Snowe and Collins to support the Safe Chemicals Act for the health of Maine's children and future generations.
Living With Rachel Carson's Legacy
Huffington Post - 7/16/2012. 
As you read this, a menagerie of chemical pollutants is coursing through your body. What you do and how you live doesn't matter. You have inhaled them, you've eaten them, you've absorbed them through your skin. You're doing it right now.
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