About The Alliance
Our Principles
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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 News and Events
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.
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)
Formaldehyde Confirmed as Known Human Carcinogen
National Academies - 9/4/2014. 
A new report from the National Research Council has upheld the listing of formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). The committee that wrote the Research Council report found that the listing is supported by sufficient evidence from human studies that indicate a causal relationship between exposure to the chemical and at least one type of human cancer. The committee reached the same conclusion after conducting both a peer review of the RoC and an independent assessment of the formaldehyde literature.
Review of the Formaldehyde Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens
National Academies Press - 9/4/2014. 
Many people in the United States are exposed to formaldehyde. Exposure can occur from environmental sources (for example, combustion processes, building materials, and tobacco smoke) or in occupational settings (for example, the furniture, textile, and construction industries). Formaldehyde exposure also has endogenous sources – it is produced intracellularly as a component of the one carbon pool intermediary metabolism pathway. Scientists have studied formaldehyde for decades to determine whether exogenous formaldehyde exposure may be associated with cancer in humans.
Despite study linking formaldehyde to cancer, Maine agency not requiring its disclosure in products
Bangor Daily News - 9/3/2014. 
By Mario Moretto - Augusta: Despite a new national study that deems formaldehyde a known cancer-causing chemical in humans, Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is awaiting more information before forcing manufacturers to disclose the presence of the compound in their products.
This summer, it’s time for a step forward
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families - 8/28/2014. 
By Emma Halas-O’Connor - When I think of flip-flops, I think of summer: sun, beaches and scorching temperatures. I don’t think of them as dangerous (except when I occasionally trip while wearing them; what can I say? I’m clumsy!). Most of us would probably agree that flip-flops certainly don’t seem like the type of product that requires laboratory testing for health impacts.
LePage Fiddles on Formaldehyde to Favor the Toxic Chemical Industry
Prevent Harm - 8/28/2014. 
Augusta - Today, state legislators from the Environment and Natural Resources Committee grilled Acting Deputy Commissioner Heather Parent from Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on why the LePage Administration scrapped its proposed rule to require manufacturers to report which children's products sold in Maine contain cancer-causing formaldehyde. Several Committee members from both parties expressed "surprise" and "disappointment" at DEP's rule reversal.
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