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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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Maine Pediatricians Send Pointed Letter to Governor on Administration’s BPA Stance
ACHM Announcements - 1/16/2013. 
(AUGUSTA) With a critical Board of Environmental Protection meeting just one day away, the Governor and his administration continue to draw fire for their opposition to a citizen-initiated proposal to replace the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in baby and toddler food packaging. Dr. Steve Feder, President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a pointed letter to the Governor this morning, reminding the Governor of the known scientific evidence that supports the Board taking action to remove BPA in food packaging for young children.
Stop using BPA
Lewiston Sun Journal - 1/16/2013. 
Letter to the Editor by Betty Allen - I teach housekeeping. My goal is to ensure my students learn how to keep a safe, healthy home. On Jan. 3, the Maine DEP acknowledged that babies are exposed to BPA in baby food and that safer alternatives are available. In spite of this, the DEP recommended that the BEP only support the ban on BPA in infant formula cans and not require the ban on baby and toddler food packaging.
Protect our children from toxic chemicals
Lewiston Sun Journal - 1/16/2013. 
OpEd by Tracy Gregoire, Cathie Langelier, Jaynelle Smith - We were three young women from Lewiston, each with different dreams for our future, when we graduated from Lewiston High School and St. Dom’s more than 20 years ago. We never imagined we’d come together again 20 years later because toxic chemicals were putting the health of our kids at risk.
No time to hide behind FDA on BPA, baby food packaging
Portland Press Herald - 1/16/2013. 
OpEd by Daniel Rosenberg and Sarah Janssen, Natural Resources Defense Council - For the past decade, Maine has pioneered common-sense public health policies to protect its citizens - and particularly its children - from exposure to unsafe chemicals. This week, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection will meet to consider a proposal from Maine moms and doctors to end the use of BPA in infant formula and baby food packaging. Maine should take the next step, and lead our country forward.
BPA ban should be extended to keep children safe
Biddeford Journal Tribune - 1/16/2013. 
It’s tough to defend a recommendation favoring continued use of a harmful product in baby food packaging. And yet, that’s what the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the LePage administration, are doing in their recommendation in favor of allowing continued use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in such packaging.
Base BPA decision on facts, not politics
Bangor Daily News - 1/16/2013. 
OpEd by Mike Belliveau, Environmental Health Strategy Center - Gov. Paul LePage is still confused about bisphenol A. Only this time, his staff deliberately ignored the science. Fortunately, the independent citizen Board of Environmental Protection is free to follow the evidence, rather than the governor’s fuzzy science, when they decide whether to remove the toxic chemical BPA from baby food jars.
Path-blazing researcher explores environmental links to autism
Greenwire - 1/15/2013. 
By Jeremy P. Jacobs - Davis, Calif.: What causes autism? The question has spurred about a billion dollars' worth of genetics research that has found no clear answer. But University of California, Davis, epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto has been pursuing another angle: Does the environment around a pregnant woman play a role in determining whether her child develops autism?
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