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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.


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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Join the Citizen’s Right-to-Know Phthalates Campaign!

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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 News and Events
Maine Salon Owners Join Call for DEP Action on Chemicals called Phthalates
ACHM Announcements - 9/29/2014. 
(PORTLAND) Over two dozen salon owners and stylists have added their voices to the growing call for disclosure of hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates in consumer products, including lotions, cosmetics, and shampoos. They announced their support at a Portland salon on Monday, saying the citizen-led rule being considered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would help them protect their customers and their employees, and help build market pressure for safer alternatives.
Maine has the chance to help families avoid the dangers of phthalates
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2014. 
Op-Ed by Maine Rep. Jeff McCabe - It’s obvious that kids live in our house from the moment you walk in. Their little jackets, shoes and backpacks are in the mudroom, their toys and school supplies are scattered around the family room, and kid shampoo and toothbrushes are on the bathroom counter. Maine families should be able to have these kinds of everyday items in their homes without worry. But products such as these can contain phthalates, a class of chemicals that disrupt hormones and are linked to health problems ranging from reproductive organ damage to learning disabilities and asthma to allergies.
Air pollution found harmful to young brains
Environmental News Network - 9/15/2014. 
Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
Sen. Charles Schumer Proposes Ban On 10 Flame Retardants In Kids Products
CBS News - 9/14/2014. 
Albany, N.Y. - Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children’s products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.
Chemical fragrances may prove hazardous to health
Portland Press Herald - 9/7/2014. 
By Marina Schauffler - Clean sheets dried in the sun bring all the freshness of the northwest wind billowing into one’s pillowcase. Unfortunately, that’s not what most people breathe in as they slide between freshly washed sheets. Laundry done with most detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets is laden with “fragrance” – a catch-all term for some combination of roughly 3,000 chemicals that manufacturers use. Most of these are synthetic semi-volatile or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that vaporize readily and persist in the air. “Fragrance” or “parfum” is also in most of what we slather on our bodies: soaps, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, sanitizers, sunscreens, bath products and baby wipes. The number and intensity of fragrances used has mushroomed in recent decades, making chronic exposure to them a significant concern.
Epigenetics: genes, environment and the generation game
The Guardian - 9/6/2014. 
New research claims that environmental factors affect not just an individual's genes but those of their offspring too. Diabetes, obesity – even certain phobias – may all be influenced by the behaviour of our forebears.
Citizens have a right to know
Gorham Times - 9/4/2014. 
Letter to the editor by Lana Fortier - Citizens have a right to know when pthalates are present in the products that we and our children use on a daily basis. Unless we live “off the grid”, we are at the mercy of the producers of these products and as it stands, we are not told when they contain something harmful or potentially harmful. (See page 2)
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