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Maine Commissioner Signs Off on New Household Chemical Rules
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 6/11/2015. 
AP - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho is signing off on a ruling to elevate certain kinds of household chemicals to priority status. Aho's approval elevates four phthalates "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status in Maine.
Opposition To Industry Chemical Bill Continues to Build
Environmental Working Group - 4/8/2015. 
By Mary Ellen Kustin - Medical professionals, scientists, states attorneys general, legal scholars and public interest organizations are all speaking up against the Udall-Vitter Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill (S. 697) backed by chemical companies. This industry bill, which is worse than the existing law, is so broken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t even been able to ban asbestos under its authority.
Industry Chemical Bill Worse Than Current Law
Environmental Working Group - 3/10/2015. 
By Scott Faber - Consumers rightly expect that the chemicals used in everyday products are safe. But an industry-supported bill released today (March 10) by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (D-La.) falls far short of what’s needed to evaluate and regulate potentially dangerous chemicals. In fact, the new bill is actually worse than the existing Toxic Substances Control Act – a law so broken that EPA has been powerless even to ban asbestos.
Gideon makes case for Healthy Kids Bill
Keep Me Current - 3/10/2015. 
By Larry Grard - A local legislator [Sara Gideon, D-Freeport] says a bill she has introduced would require the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to include notification on products that threaten the health of both children and pregnant women in any rule, including the most recent rule on phthalates, in accordance with existing state authority.
House Passes Bill to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 3/10/2015. 
Associated Press - Augusta: The Democratic-controlled Maine House has given final approval to a bill that would ban the sale of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products. The House voted 145-1 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate. Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh's bill would be phased in over three years and would be fully implemented by 2019. Welsh says in a statement that Mainers have the right to expect that their food and drinks doesn't contain "toxic plastics."
High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Labeled as Fructose or HFCS-90
Natural News - 3/10/2015. 
By Talya Dagan - The Corn Refiners Association is now labeling high fructose corn syrup as fructose. Packing on products such as General Mills Vanilla Chex cereal now states the product contains no high fructose corn syrup, while the ingredients list contains the simple word, "fructose." This fructose is actually a manufactured sugar called HFCS-90, and is made up of 90% pure fructose. High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, contains 42% or 55 percent fructose. Health issues relating to free fructose include diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, and liver failure.
Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs
National Geographic - 3/5/2015. 
By Elizabeth Grossman - Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday.
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