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The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine recommends that a comprehensive safer chemicals policy should be developed and adopted by government to:

CLOSE THE SAFETY GAP by phasing out the most harmful chemicals in favor of safer alternatives, searching for safer substitutes for all chemicals shown to be hazardous, and requiring that all industrial chemicals are proven safe, especially for children;

CLOSE THE DATA GAP by honoring the public’s right-to-know which hazardous chemicals are in what products, and by requiring manufacturers to provide health and safety data on all chemicals;

CLOSE THE TECHNOLOGY GAP by investing in green chemistry research and development (R&D) to make bio-based plastics from Maine potatoes and other crops to boost the state’s economy through production of safer alternatives to toxic petroleum-based plastics.

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Body of Evidence: A Study of Pollution in Maine People

News Coverage
Toxic chemicals inside us are a nightmare we can end (Nancy Ross Op-Ed in Portland Press Herald, 7/22/07)
  • Hazardous substances found in Mainers should arouse government to remove the health threats.
Chemical testing results startling (Ashley Zook Op-Ed in Bangor Daily News, 7/2/07)
  • I was delighted to see that the Bangor Daily News covered the results of the body burden study released by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, "Tests on 13 Mainers find industrial chemicals" (BDN, June 12).

Better Living Thru TSCA (Editorial in Bangor Daily News, 6/25/07)

  • If it was the intention of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine to give life to the idea that the federal chemical review program needs an overhaul, it succeeded recently by releasing the results of chemical tests on 13 Maine citizens.
Chemical chimera (Liz Soares Column in Kennebec Journal, 6/23/07)
  • If Russell Libby has measurable amounts of 41 chemicals in his body, I must be a toxic cesspool.

Consumer toxins (MaineWatch Interview, 6/15/07)

Chemical trespass in our bodies (Editorial in Kennebec Journal, 6/14/07)

  • One of the hardest things to do in science is to make the link between poisonous substances in the environment and consequences to human health.

Hazardous chemicals crop up in unlikely people (Village Soup, 6/14/07)

  • Russell Libby, the longtime director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, has been choosing his food carefully for nearly 25 years. Yet in a recent study, his body showed high levels of arsenic and more industrial chemicals than the other participants in a revealing scientific analysis.

Frightening findings (Editorial in Village Soup, 6/13/07)

  • We should all be frightened by the findings in "Body of Evidence: A Study of Pollution in Maine People."
Even in Maine, chemicals can be an issue (CBS News, 6/12/07)
  • Testing of 13 Mainers including a homemaker, a sporting camp guide, an organic farmer and two state lawmakers revealed a plethora of chemicals that are toxic or potentially dangerous, according to a survey.

Study shows everyday items expose all of us to pollutants   (Kennebec Journal, 6/12/07)

  • Thirteen volunteers from across the state agreed to be tested for 71 toxic chemicals -- coming from five chemical groups -- found in common products to get a snapshot of just how polluted we might all be.

Study finds 36 toxic chemicals in bodies of Mainers tested   (Portland Press Herald, 6/12/07)

  • The study stresses that toxins are everywhere, from the televisions we watch to the shampoo we use to the foods we eat.

Toxins found in systems of 13 Mainers   (Lewiston Sun-Journal, 6/12/07)

  • Chemicals ranged from flame retardants used in consumer electronics to well-known threats like arsenic, mercury and lead.
Tests on 13 Mainers find industrial chemicals   (Bangor Daily News, 6/12/07) 
  • Environmental and health groups say the presence of dozens of industrial chemicals in 13 Mainers who volunteered for a study underscores the need for new policies to protect the public from potential toxins found in everyday consumer products.

Environmental group sounds alarm about toxic chemicals (WCSH-TV. 6/12/07)

  • An environmental watchdog group issued a warning Tuesday about the amount of hazardous chemicals in everyday products.

Study in Maine finds modern living carries toxic price (Morning Sentinel, 6/12/07)

  • Beware your sofa and your shower curtain. Careful with that Teflon-coated skillet, and think twice before using that plastic water bottle again. Your TV might be a threat to your health, too.
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