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Maine needs leaders in Washington to support the Safe Chemicals Act
Portland Press Herald - 11/30/2012. 
Opinion by Lisa Pohlmann – Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," published 50 years ago in 1962, was the spark that ignited America's environmental movement. Her resounding message in "Silent Spring" was that the land, water and all living creatures were in danger from the widespread application of toxic
pesticides.
Report of arsenic in rice products alarming, but doctors urge calm
Concord Monitor - 11/25/2012. 
By Sarah Palermo – About two weeks ago, Deb de Moulpied went to the Concord Food Co-op for her groceries and, as she often does, asked for more information about where the food she was buying came from.
Legislators urged to support anti-BPA bill
Kennebec Journal - 11/23/2012. 
Opinion by Nan Bennett – As a parent and retired health professional who has worked with children with learning disabilities, I want make sure that one very important issue does not get forgotten in the wake of this election: the need to protect our children from toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) in everyday products.
Maine Voters Overwhelmingly Support Safer Chemicals
ACHM Announcements - 11/19/2012. 


The following spokespeople are available for interviews:

Emily Figdor, Environment Maine, (207) 408-0295
Abby King, Natural Resources Council of Maine, (207) 430-0144
Amanda Sears, Environmental Health Strategy Center, (207) 699-5797

For more information: Carol Kelly (207) 210-0789

The same Maine voters who elected Angus King and rejected the LePage agenda also support pending state and federal actions to remove dangerous chemicals from everyday products.

A new statewide research survey conducted less than a week before Election Day found that the same Maine electorate that swept Democrats back into the majority in the Legislature and elected Angus King as Maine’s next U.S. Senator also overwhelmingly supports strong state and federal policies to protect children from harmful chemicals in household products. These results match previous opinion research data from February 2011, showing that the super-majority support for replacing bisphenol A (BPA) and other toxic chemicals with safer alternatives is both powerful and persistent.

“Mainers agree: there is no good reason our laws cannot keep us safe from toxic chemicals,” said Abby King, Toxics Policy Advocate for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “This poll shows that people want toxic BPA off the shelves, and dangerous chemicals out of everyday products.”

Polling results include:

Strong support for removing dangerous chemicals from everyday products

• 88% of Mainers believe it is very important for the state and federal governments to require manufacturers to replace the most dangerous chemicals used in consumer products with safer ones

Strong support for eliminating BPA in baby and toddler food packaging

• 87% of Mainers approve of a proposal to replace the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A with safer alternatives in packaging for infant formula, baby food, and toddler food.

Strong support for overhauling the national chemical safety system

• 79% of Mainers support federal legislation that would require chemical manufacturers to show that their chemicals are safe before they enter the market, and allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit chemicals that cause harm and phase out the most dangerous. Of Mainers who said they planned to vote for Angus King, 91% support legislation to reform the federal system (with 59% strongly supportive).

The current federal law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is widely viewed as outdated and ineffective at protecting public health and ensuring chemicals used in everyday products are adequately tested for safety. Senator Collins and Senator Snowe have both acknowledged that the current law is inadequate.

In July of this year the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed S.847, the Safe Chemicals Act, marking the first time in over three decades that Congress voted on any proposal to reform TSCA. Similar legislation is expected to be introduced in the next Congress and advocates are hoping to see Senator-elect Senator King take an active role in its passage.

In Maine, the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is currently considering a citizen-initiated rule under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act that would phase out the use of BPA in infant formula, baby food, and toddler food in favor of safer alternatives. Studies show that one of the most common paths of exposure to BPA is through food and that BPA exposure could be reduced by two thirds if food packaging were BPA-free. The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is calling on the BEP to pass the rule by December 31st so that it can be sent to the Maine Legislature in January.

"This poll makes clear that Mainers overwhelmingly support getting toxic chemicals out of our children's food, furniture, and clothes,” said Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor. “The Board of Environmental Protection should issue a rule before the end of the year to eliminate BPA from children's food packaging. It's clearly time for action.”

Support for government action to require safer chemicals crosses all demographic groups. Eighty-five percent of men and 89% of women support removing BPA from children’s food packaging, along with at least 86% of every age group and 85% of the 2nd Congressional District.

Support for government action to phase out harmful chemicals is extremely strong even among the most conservative voters. Seventy-seven percent of voters who approve of Governor LePage’s performance also say that it’s important for the state and federal governments to identify the most dangerous chemicals used in making consumer products and require manufacturers to replace them with safer ones. Eighty percent of Republican voters, 71% of “very conservative” voters, and even 72% of Tea Party supporters also agreed.

“These poll results show Maine people think it’s good common sense to keep unsafe chemicals out of the products our families use, but while it’s common sense, it hasn’t been common practice. We need our elected officials to lead the way on these chemical policies that Mainers so clearly support,” said Amanda Sears, Associate Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, a Maine based public health organization.

The MPRC poll was the most accurate statewide poll in predicting statewide and Congressional election results, as documented by the Bangor Daily News (bangordailynews.com/2012/11/08/politics/polls-in-maine-largely-predicted-2012-results-as-they-did-nationally/).
Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case-control study
Environmental Health - 11/19/2012. 
Endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens, some of which may not yet have been classified as such, are present in many occupational environments and could increase breast cancer risk. Across all sectors, women in jobs with potentially high exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors had elevated breast cancer risk. Specific sectors with elevated risk included agriculture, bars-gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning, and metalworking.
Chemical companies using denial and delaying tactics with BPA
Lewiston Sun Journal - 11/18/2012. 
By Lani Graham and Daniel Oppenheim – Denial and delay. If the approach sounds familiar, it is because, sadly, it happens frequently in medicine. Individuals don’t want to admit to health problems, denying and delaying until it is much more difficult to make a difference.
It’s time for a better federal chemical safety law
Bangor Daily News - 11/15/2012. 
Editorial – When Maine lawmakers several years ago considered banning some chemicals deemed harmful to health that were used in products sold here, one of the first arguments made in opposition was that such action would result in a patchwork quilt of regulations among the 50 states.
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