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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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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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Letter to the editor: Phthalates can be harmful, so more disclosure is needed
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2014. 
Letter by Rep. Donald Marean - I was one of 25 Maine people who volunteered to be part of a study that looked at the presence of chemicals in my body. Specifically, I was tested for the presence of seven phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). Phthalates are used in many household products to soften plastics – think vinyl shower curtains or ponchos or kids’ lunchboxes. I was extremely surprised to find out that I had a very high level (the second-highest in the study group). The level of the phthalate DEHP in me was four times higher than levels in 95 percent of all Americans.
Letter to the editor: DEP urged to take action on dangerous phthalates
Portland Press Herald - 6/24/2014. 
Letter by Jeffrey Saffer, M.D. - I recently learned about a study that found detectable and in some cases, high levels of a dangerous chemical called phthalates in the bodies of 25 Mainers. Phthalates are often called “the everywhere chemical” because they are found in so many products. They are used to soften plastics for things like shower curtains, food packaging and even hospital tubing. They are also hidden as fragrance in personal care products. Phthalates are linked to serious human health effects like asthma, birth defects and learning disabilities. As a family doctor, father and grandfather, it more than worries me.
BPA May Make Breast Cancer Cells Resistant To Treatment
North Carolina Public Radio - 6/24/2014. 
A new study from Duke University suggests a chemical found in many plastics can make breast cancer cells resistant to treatment.
Preserve Maine’s role in protecting our kids from toxic chemicals
Bangor Daily News - 6/23/2014. 
OpEd by Janet Mills - Ever wonder what’s in that baby bottle your infant uses? The teether she chews on? The toys your kids climb on and fall on, and the ones they put in their mouths?
Toxic chemical information should be out in the open
CentralMaine.com - 6/20/2014. 
OpEd by Meredith Strang Burgess - I am a mother with three grown children and a former Republican state representative who served six years in the Legislature until 2012. This year, I joined a bipartisan group of current and former legislators who took tested ourselves for several chemicals known as phthalates.
Advocates Bring Concerns About Phthalates to Monument Square Rally
Munjoy Hill News - 6/20/2014. 
By Carol McCracken - A diverse group of advocates brought their concerns about phthalates in household products to the forefront yesterday at a noon rally at Monument Square in downtown Portland.
Portland has chemical quiz
WMTW News 8 - 6/19/2014. 
Portland - People in downtown Portland had a chance to guess where a potentially harmful chemical might be found in household items.
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