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Phthalate contact not limited to kids-only products
Kennebec Journal - 2/13/2015. 
Last year, I joined more than 2,000 Mainers who signed a petition to spur action on a class of chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are hormone-disrupting chemicals that are found in many everyday products and threaten the development and health of humans.
Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?
The Guardian - 2/10/2015. 
By Amy Westervelt - In 2003, researchers at the US Center for Disease Control documented widespread exposure to a high level of a group of chemicals called phthalates (pdf) across the general American public. The CDC recommended that the chemicals and their effect on human health be studied further, a recommendation that helped unlock funding for dozens of studies focused on phthalates, resulting in a tidal wave of recently published reports that largely indicate the CDC’s concern was warranted. The CDC’s warning on phthalates also caught the attention of senators Henry Waxman and Barbara Boxer, who included the class of chemicals in their Consumer Product Safety bill, passed in 2008. That bill banned the use of some phthalates in children’s products, passed an interim ban on others, and required that the Consumer Product Safety Commission take a close look at the chemicals. The resulting report on phthalates – the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (Chap) on Phthalates – was finalized in late 2014, and despite the chemical industry’s efforts to soften the commission’s recommendations, public health advocates are largely pleased with the effort, a rarity when it comes to government-penned reports on chemical safety.
New Report: More Household Products Test Positive for Phthalates
ACHM Announcements - 2/6/2015. 
AUGUSTA - Maine parents are not letting the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) off the hook for what some say is "symbolism over substance" in the DEP's recent decision to significantly narrow the scope of a citizen-initiated rule on chemicals called phthalates. Citing a new national report released yesterday that identifies even more products on store shelves that contain phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), Maine moms are calling on the DEP to reverse themselves.
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