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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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Chemical industry about-face welcome but 30 years too late
The Hill - 7/9/2009. 
Like many health, environmental and consumer advocates across the country, I agree with much of Cal Dooley’s op-ed, “The chemical-law formula” (July 7). He is right that the public has lost faith in the government’s ability to protect them from dangerous chemicals, that EPA needs new authority and resources, and that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act urgently needs to be revised.
Study suggests link between plastic softener, premature births
E&E Publishing - 7/8/2009. 
(Sara Goodman, E&E reporter) - A chemical commonly used to soften plastic may be contributing to the growing number of premature births, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Whose side are health advocacy groups on?
Los Angeles Times - 7/6/2009. 
Obesity is a national health crisis -- or it isn't. Vaccines cause autism -- or they don't. Think of any current health controversy, and you can be sure that plenty of experts have already taken opposite sides. Some of the most influential and vocal health experts belong to advocacy organizations such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the American Council on Science and Health. These groups have well-oiled publicity machines, connections in Washington and a proven ability to show up in news stories. But who are they, and what do they stand for?
Outing the Toxics in Our High Chairs
Huffington Post - 7/3/2009. 
Baby products throughout the United States are saturated with toxic flame retardants, and it is going to stay that way if the bromine industry has its way.
The environmental toll of plastics
Environmental Health News - 7/2/2009. 
Evidence is mounting that the chemical building blocks that make plastics so versatile are the same components that might harm people and the environment. And its production and disposal contribute to an array of environmental problems, too. Green solutions, however, are becoming available, the scientists say.
Nick Kristof on Colbert Nation: Endocrine Disruptors
Colbert Nation - 7/1/2009. 
Nicholas Kristof (New York Times) describes the endocrine disruptors in the water that are causing genital malformations in male animals and humans.
Agency focused on cutting toxics loses funding
Boston Globe - 7/1/2009. 
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute is part of a state-mandated program that has reduced the use of hazardous substances by local manufacturers 41 percent in its 20-year history. That funding has been eliminated, and the institute’s 18 employees do not know where their next paycheck will come from - or whether it will come at all.
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