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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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Moms behind BPA move can save children's lives
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 7/9/2012. 
Letter to the Editor from Linda Woods (Oakland) thanking activists who gathered and submitted more than 800 signatures calling for tighter regulations on bisphenol A in food packaging.
Stronger action urged after Maine DEP releases list of 49 chemicals dangerous to children
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2012. 
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has published a list of 49 chemicals whose everyday use it deems dangerous to the health of Maine children, but an environmental policy group is urging stronger action.
Why is it So Difficult to Choose Safer Alternatives for Hazardous Chemicals?
Environmental Health Perspectives - 7/2/2012. 
The discovery of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic flame-retardant chemicals everywhere from animals north of the Arctic Circle1 to the breast milk of California women has been a cause for considerable concern. Alternative flame retardants were introduced to replace these chemicals,3 but investigators had not even produced the first empirical data on the substitutes’ metabolic fate and toxicity before emerging evidence indicated they, like their predecessors, were accumulating rapidly in the environ-ment. As the postmarket research continues, one wonders: Who, exactly, decides on the replacements for toxic chemicals, and on the basis of what criteria? And why does finding truly safer alternatives seem so difficult?
BPA in packaging: Market outlook, PC alternatives, ongoing lawsuits
Plastics Today - 7/2/2012. 
One of the strengths of polycarbonate is its toughness, combined with transparency, and a high-temperature resistance. But despite that toughness, polycarbonate has taken a major hit when it comes to packaging demand.
BPA in packaging: Defying the pressure
Packaging Digest - 7/1/2012. 
The search continues for alternatives to bisphenol A that meet cost, performance, availability and safety needs. What's missing, it seems, is any sense of urgency.
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