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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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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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House Passes Bill to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - 3/10/2015. 
Associated Press - Augusta: The Democratic-controlled Maine House has given final approval to a bill that would ban the sale of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products. The House voted 145-1 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate. Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh's bill would be phased in over three years and would be fully implemented by 2019. Welsh says in a statement that Mainers have the right to expect that their food and drinks doesn't contain "toxic plastics."
High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Labeled as Fructose or HFCS-90
Natural News - 3/10/2015. 
By Talya Dagan - The Corn Refiners Association is now labeling high fructose corn syrup as fructose. Packing on products such as General Mills Vanilla Chex cereal now states the product contains no high fructose corn syrup, while the ingredients list contains the simple word, "fructose." This fructose is actually a manufactured sugar called HFCS-90, and is made up of 90% pure fructose. High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, contains 42% or 55 percent fructose. Health issues relating to free fructose include diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, and liver failure.
Industry Chemical Bill Worse Than Current Law
Environmental Working Group - 3/10/2015. 
By Scott Faber - Consumers rightly expect that the chemicals used in everyday products are safe. But an industry-supported bill released today (March 10) by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (D-La.) falls far short of what’s needed to evaluate and regulate potentially dangerous chemicals. In fact, the new bill is actually worse than the existing Toxic Substances Control Act – a law so broken that EPA has been powerless even to ban asbestos.
Gideon makes case for Healthy Kids Bill
Keep Me Current - 3/10/2015. 
By Larry Grard - A local legislator [Sara Gideon, D-Freeport] says a bill she has introduced would require the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to include notification on products that threaten the health of both children and pregnant women in any rule, including the most recent rule on phthalates, in accordance with existing state authority.
Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs
National Geographic - 3/5/2015. 
By Elizabeth Grossman - Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday.
BPA Is Fine, If You Ignore Most Studies About It
Newsweek - 3/4/2015. 
By Douglas Main - Bisphenol-A (BPA) is either a harmless chemical that’s great for making plastic or one of modern society’s more dangerous problems. Depends whom you ask. BPA is in many types of plastics and the epoxy resins that line most aluminum cans, as well as thermal papers like receipts. It is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen, a hormone especially important in sexual development, and the fact that it’s all over the place worries many people. Newsweek spoke with about 20 scientists, leaders in the field of BPA research, and the majority say it is likely (though not certain) that the chemical plays a role in a litany of health concerns: obesity, diabetes, problems with fertility and reproductive organs, susceptibility to various cancers and cognitive/behavioral deficits like ADHD.
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.
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