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Legislative Leaders Postpone Decision on Toxics Bill
ACHM Announcements - 10/30/2013. 
(Augusta) Maine’s Legislative Council voted today to table Legislative Request (LR) 2488, “An Act to Protect the Health of Maine’s Citizens from Toxic Chemical Products”, sponsored by Representative Gay Grant (D-Gardiner). The proposed new law aims to protect the health of pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals in everyday products. The Legislative Council is made up of the ten legislative leaders, five from the House and five from the Senate, with Democrats currently holding the majority.
New testing: Elevated levels of phthalates in Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain ponchos
Center for Health, Environment & Justice - 10/29/2013. 
New testing coordinated by CHEJ found elevated levels of phthalates in a Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho, at levels nearly seven times above the federal safety standard.
‘Chemicals are everywhere’: Maine moms lobby for update to toxic substance law
Bangor Daily News - 10/28/2013. 
By Seth Koenig - Portland: Bettyann Sheats said when her daughter was younger, they used to enjoy making crafts together. The Auburn woman said she later was shocked to learn that some of the metal charms they used to make beaded bracelets contained lead, and others may have contained cadmium, both toxic metals.
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