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We believe that all Maine people have a right to a healthy environment where we live, work and play.
We envision a future free of exposure to harmful chemicals in our air, water or food.
We want our children to grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.
We seek to build a healthy economy that provides good jobs producing clean products and services.
We are proud of all that’s been accomplished so far toward a clean and healthy Maine.

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This report is a collaborative effort of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a campaign dedicated to protecting American families from toxic chemicals. The report incorporates a significant body of peer-reviewed science on chemicals and health. Download the report.

 

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Our Citizen-Backed Proposal
Right now, retailers and consumers are left in the dark as to which products contain phthalates. Our proposal to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection calls for requiring manufacturers of household products to report that information publicly. We need your help so that parents, pregnant women and all Mainers know which products contain these harmful chemicals.

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BPA exposure linked to changes in stem cells, lower sperm production
Environmental Health News - 1/22/2015. 
By Brian Bienkowski - BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study. The study, published in PLoS Genetics, is the first to suggest that low, brief exposures to bisphenol-A, or other estrogens such as those used in birth control but found as water contaminants, early in life can alter the stem cells responsible for producing sperm later in life.
Draft rule to protect Mainers from phthalates weakened by state DEP
Portland Press Herald - 1/16/2015. 
By Colin Woodard - Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has endorsed a substantially weakened draft of a rule requiring manufacturers to reveal which products contain any of four plastic softening agents believed to harm fetuses and children.
DEP Proposes Phthalates Rule that Ignores Danger to Pregnant Women
ACHM Announcements - 1/15/2015. 
(AUGUSTA) Maine parents and pregnant women have a right to know which everyday products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. This citizen-initiated proposal would have provided that information and helped protect Maine children from learning disabilities, reproductive problems, asthma and allergies.
Critics: Proposed Phthalate Regulations Don't Go Far Enough
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 1/15/2015. 
Associated Press - Environmental activists say they're disappointed that the state's proposed regulations of household chemicals focuses only on products targeting children younger than 12.
Critics: Maine's Proposed Rules on Phthalates Fall Short
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 1/15/2015. 
By Susan Sharon - Health and environmental groups in Maine are expressing concern about the state's proposed regulation of a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates.
Our View: Toxin ruling should put Maine kids’ interests first
CentralMaine.com - 1/15/2015. 
In about two weeks, Maine environmental regulators will have to decide whether they’ll require manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain phthalates: chemicals linked to serious health problems in kids that are in everything from lunch boxes and backpacks to shampoo and shower curtains.
BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says
Washington Post - 1/12/2015. 
By Amy Ellis Nutt - In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA.
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