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Maine Citizens Tested for Toxic Chemicals
Participants, Researchers, and Sponsors to Present Startling Findings

What do a nurse, a sporting camp owner, a farmer, a journalist, a high school senior, a writing instructor, a furniture store owner, an author, a community organizer, a homemaker, a fundraiser, a safety instructor, and a teacher all have in common?

They are everyday people going about their everyday lives.  Yet, in the first study of its kind, all thirteen were found to have toxic chemicals in their bodies.

What does this tell us about chemical testing, government policies, product safety, and the potential impact on the health of Maine people?

Participants (including two state legislators), medical professionals, and report sponsors will gather to present the report, reflect on the findings, and offer a roadmap for action.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

TIME: 12 Noon

WHERE: Judiciary Committee Room, Room 438, State House, Augusta, Maine

FORMAT: Participant testimonials, policy and medical perspectives, Q&A to follow

The full report will be available, along with examples of common household items that contain hidden toxic chemicals.

The study has been conducted by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, a coalition of Maine-based organizations committed to protecting human health from toxic chemical exposure. Member organizations include:

Environmental Health Strategy Center
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
Maine Labor Group on Health
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maine People's Alliance
Maine Public Health Association
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Physicians for Social Responsibility/Maine Chapter
Toxics Action Center

Forty-five other organizations, representing health-affected children, workers, doctors, public health professionals, environmentalists, and affected communities, have endorsed the Alliance principles.

The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
One Pleasant Street
Portland, ME  04101

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