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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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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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The Irradiation Loophole
Alliance for Natural Health - 1/8/2013. 
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2010. We, along with other consumer groups, were able to block some of the worst provisions of the proposed bill, but it was still flawed legislation as passed. The basic problem is that every time food safety problems emerge, the government gives a pass to the big industrial farms where the problems originate.
EPA Proposes to Clarify Exempt Minimum Risk Pesticide Ingredients
Beyond Pesticides - 1/4/2013. 
On December 31, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to clarify its labeling requirement for disclosure of all active and inert ingredients in “minimum risk pesticide products,” exempt from registration under Section 25 (b) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Study: Chemical commonly found in plastics could harm fertility
Haaretz - 1/4/2013. 
By Dan Even - Israeli and American scientists have for the first time uncovered the mechanism by which Bisphenol A, commonly used in the plastics industry, damages human eggs and can harm female fertility. Recent studies show a decline in human fertility in both males and females.
New food safety rules aim for more accountability
Reuters - 1/4/2013. 
By Carey Gillam - U.S. regulators proposed new food safety rules on Friday that aim to make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses that kill or sicken thousands of Americans annually.
DEP recommends against extending BPA ban to baby, toddler food containers
Bangor Daily News - 1/3/2013. 
By Matthew Stone - Augusta: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recommends the state extend its ban on the chemical bisphenol A to packaging used for infant formula, but stopped short Thursday of suggesting the chemical be banned from baby and toddler food containers, a move environmental activists have been advocating.
MU study on BPA yields different results
Columbia Daily Tribune - 1/3/2013. 
By Catherine Martin - Recent University of Missouri research could not replicate results of a previous study linking exposure to the chemical bisphenol A - commonly known as BPA - to obesity and diabetes. That doesn't people mean should stop worrying about BPA, though, said Cheryl Rosenfeld, associate professor of biomedical sciences in MU's Bond Life Sciences Center.
LePage Administration Rejects BPA-free Baby Food Proposal
Environmental Health Strategy Center - 1/3/2013. 
Augusta: Today, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommended that a state board reject a citizen petition to remove the toxic chemical BPA from packaging for baby and toddler foods sold in Maine, while supporting another part of the proposal to ban BPA in infant formula cans. The independent Board of Environmental Protection will take a final vote on the rule on January 24th.
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