|Letter to the editor: Phthalates can be harmful, so more disclosure is needed|
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2014. Letter by Rep. Donald Marean - I was one of 25 Maine people who volunteered to be part of a study that looked at the presence of chemicals in my body. Specifically, I was tested for the presence of seven phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). Phthalates are used in many household products to soften plastics – think vinyl shower curtains or ponchos or kids’ lunchboxes. I was extremely surprised to find out that I had a very high level (the second-highest in the study group). The level of the phthalate DEHP in me was four times higher than levels in 95 percent of all Americans.