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Phthalate contact not limited to kids-only products
Kennebec Journal - 2/13/2015. 
Last year, I joined more than 2,000 Mainers who signed a petition to spur action on a class of chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are hormone-disrupting chemicals that are found in many everyday products and threaten the development and health of humans.
Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?
The Guardian - 2/10/2015. 
By Amy Westervelt - In 2003, researchers at the US Center for Disease Control documented widespread exposure to a high level of a group of chemicals called phthalates (pdf) across the general American public. The CDC recommended that the chemicals and their effect on human health be studied further, a recommendation that helped unlock funding for dozens of studies focused on phthalates, resulting in a tidal wave of recently published reports that largely indicate the CDC’s concern was warranted. The CDC’s warning on phthalates also caught the attention of senators Henry Waxman and Barbara Boxer, who included the class of chemicals in their Consumer Product Safety bill, passed in 2008. That bill banned the use of some phthalates in children’s products, passed an interim ban on others, and required that the Consumer Product Safety Commission take a close look at the chemicals. The resulting report on phthalates – the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (Chap) on Phthalates – was finalized in late 2014, and despite the chemical industry’s efforts to soften the commission’s recommendations, public health advocates are largely pleased with the effort, a rarity when it comes to government-penned reports on chemical safety.
New Report: More Household Products Test Positive for Phthalates
ACHM Announcements - 2/6/2015. 
AUGUSTA - Maine parents are not letting the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) off the hook for what some say is "symbolism over substance" in the DEP's recent decision to significantly narrow the scope of a citizen-initiated rule on chemicals called phthalates. Citing a new national report released yesterday that identifies even more products on store shelves that contain phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), Maine moms are calling on the DEP to reverse themselves.
BPA exposure linked to changes in stem cells, lower sperm production
Environmental Health News - 1/22/2015. 
By Brian Bienkowski - BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study. The study, published in PLoS Genetics, is the first to suggest that low, brief exposures to bisphenol-A, or other estrogens such as those used in birth control but found as water contaminants, early in life can alter the stem cells responsible for producing sperm later in life.
Draft rule to protect Mainers from phthalates weakened by state DEP
Portland Press Herald - 1/16/2015. 
By Colin Woodard - Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has endorsed a substantially weakened draft of a rule requiring manufacturers to reveal which products contain any of four plastic softening agents believed to harm fetuses and children.
Our View: Toxin ruling should put Maine kids’ interests first
CentralMaine.com - 1/15/2015. 
In about two weeks, Maine environmental regulators will have to decide whether they’ll require manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain phthalates: chemicals linked to serious health problems in kids that are in everything from lunch boxes and backpacks to shampoo and shower curtains.
DEP Proposes Phthalates Rule that Ignores Danger to Pregnant Women
ACHM Announcements - 1/15/2015. 
(AUGUSTA) Maine parents and pregnant women have a right to know which everyday products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. This citizen-initiated proposal would have provided that information and helped protect Maine children from learning disabilities, reproductive problems, asthma and allergies.
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