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Letter
06.27.2017
Strategy Center
We sent a letter to the Maine Department of Environment Protection (DEP) in opposition to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) petition to revise Maine’s "chemicals of concern" list (part of the Kid Safe Products Act) by removing certain siloxanes. The ACC is asking the DEP to remove the listings for decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5), dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6), and...Read more
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Fact Sheet
02.28.2017
Strategy Center
Widely used hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates threaten the health of pregnant women and children. The food we eat is the major exposure pathway. Phthalates end up in your favorite foods when used in food processing equipment and food packaging.Read more
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Issue Brief
10.01.2016
Strategy Center
Arsenic can harm health for a lifetime. It causes cancer and lowers intelligence. Yet, tens of thousands of Mainers are ingesting unsafe amounts of arsenic that come from the bedrock where wells are drilled. This four-page Safe-Drinking-Water Action Guide published in 2016 by the Strategy Center uses Maine state data showing that in a state where half the population drinks and cooks with well...Read more
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Report
05.05.2016
Strategy Center
Thanks to chemical-use reporting required by the State of Maine, manufacturers were required to disclose their uses of hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights) in a variety of products. Their disclosures revealed, for the first time, the use of phthalates as a fragrance ingredient in specific paints and cleaning products available across the country. Manufacturers also...Read more
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Letter
03.02.2016
Multiple Authors
Leaders of six Maine health and education organizations sent a letter to Governor Paul LePage on March 2, 2016, asking him to direct Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to announce: A detailed plan for outreach and education to boost the rate of well-water testing; State resources dedicated to support outreach, testing, and treatment; and A timeline with benchmarks for meaningful...Read more
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Letter
07.21.2015
Multiple Authors
A bipartisan group of legislators author a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mayhew after learning that the Department denied the Maine CDC's request to reapply for funds that would have sustained the state's efforts to promote testing of private wells for arsenic and other toxic chemicals.Read more
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Fact Sheet
05.13.2015
Charlotte Mace
Safer, smarter stuff made in Maine: Innovative Maine companies and the University of Maine have developed new technologies to make biobased products from our forests and farms.Read more
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Slideshow
03.12.2015
Charlotte Mace
Biobased products are made from renewable material such as trees, agricultural waste, or marine materials. In an introductory presentation to the Eastern Maine Development Corporation Advisory Group, Charlotte Mace and Mike Belliveau introduced the organization Biobased Maine and outlined the potential of biobased materials and products in Maine. Biobased Maine is a business association staffed...Read more
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Letter
03.08.2015
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
A letter from the national coalition, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families (SCHF) to the U.S Senators indicating reasons for opposing the legislation suggested by Senators Vitter and Udall to reform the current Toxic Substances Control Act. SCHF is a coalition of public health, labor, environmental, and business organizations, of which the Environmental Health Strategy Center is a member.Read more
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Slideshow
02.19.2015
Mike Belliveau
The widespread use and toxicity of phthalates present dangers to the health of pregnant women and children. As a result there is growing consensus to act and to replace phthalates with safer alternatives. The Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Products Summit provides an avenue to discuss these safer alternatives.Read more
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Slideshow
12.08.2014
Mike Belliveau
This presentation provides information on how the laws have remained stagnant despite emerging evidence proving harm from exposure to products containing BPA, Phthalates, PBDEs and other contaminants. And suggests a need to updated legislation to protect consumers from unnecessary, and harmful, chemical exposures.Read more
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Report
12.01.2014
Multiple Authors
PVC is a poison plastic and there are billions of pounds of it. It has severe health impacts on both human health and the environment. This report dives deeper into this industry and the negative impact it has and continues to have.Read more
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Fact Sheet
11.14.2014
Strategy Center
The Maine Campaign for BPA-Free Food aims to protect the health of babies and children by eliminating exposure to BPA in food. BPA (or bisphenol A) is a widely used chemical that disrupts hormones early in life, and has been linked to learning disabilities, prostate cancer and breast cancer.Read more
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Slideshow
10.24.2014
Mike Belliveau
Over the last decade, how has state chemical policy interacted with the market and vice versa? Did we see market incentives enhanced or diminished? These are the important questions we need to ask and answer in order to shape positive chemical policy and shift the market towards safer and sustainable consumer products.Read more
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Testimony
07.29.2014
Mike Belliveau
Exposures to the toxic chemical phthalates, are still unacceptably high. There is consensus among authoritative agencies that they are priority chemicals of high concern. Designating four of these phthalates as such, is the next step towards regulating a chemical that has already been identified as of concern by both the European Chemicals Agency and the U.S EPA.Read more
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Report
05.01.2014
Strategy Center
Phthalates are ubiquitous in consumer products that are used or are present in the home regardless of their link to multiple adverse health impacts including premature birth, prostate and testicular cancer, learning disabilities and asthma. This brief report analyzes the presence of phthalates in consumer products.Read more
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Slideshow
12.03.2013
Mike Belliveau
Market pressure has been a successful tool, and will continue to be influential in getting safer and sustainable consumer products on the shelves. Mind the Store is a market campaign led by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families to urge the nation's leading retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals from their consumer products.Read more
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Slideshow
06.20.2013
Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory
A presentation by Mike Belliveau, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center on one of the organization's focus areas, Plants to Products, at an ITECS Innovation meeting. The Plants to Products program places emphasis on building and advancing the biobased economy in Maine.Read more
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Report
05.10.2013
Multiple Authors
The Kid Safe Products Act, an act to protect children from exposure to potentially toxic chemicals passed in 2008, requires the determination of at least 2 priority chemicals that the Maine Department Environmental Protection take action on. The process to create this list of potential Priority Chemical candidates is a thorough process, based on scientific methodology, as detailed by this report.Read more
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Letter
09.28.2012
Mike Belliveau
This letter to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection intends to 'set the record straight' on a testimony offered by Ben Gilman from the Maine State Chamber of Commerce that falsely argued that the proposed rule on BPA was in violation of legislative agreement.Read more
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Report
06.01.2012
Mike Belliveau
There are billions of pounds of BPA produced each year. BPA is a hormone-disrupting toxic chemical that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, learning disabilities among other severe health complications! Are there safer alternatives to this widespread and toxic chemical? Yes, there are! This report analyzes these safer alternatives.Read more
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Report
12.01.2011
Mike Belliveau
Household paints and childrens' toys are rarely associated with poison and with good reason. However, these household products contain two chemicals, NPEs and BPA, respectively, chemicals capable of wreaking hormone havoc. These chemicals are found in our homes, the places we work and in our schools. This report examines how as a result of a broken federal safety system, chemicals like NPEs and...Read more
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Testimony
04.07.2011
Mike Belliveau
Scientific studies link exposure to pesticides to adverse health impacts such as cancers and neurological health effects. Using pesticides on school grounds exposes and may impede the development of children who's brains, organs and immune systems are still developing. LD 837 would ensure the use of safer alternative methods of pest control on school grounds.Read more
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Testimony
04.30.2009
Mike Belliveau
1987 was the last year that the carbon dioxide levels were at the 'safe level' of 350ppm or less. The concentration of greenhouse gases have been increasing at an accelerating rate from decade to decade. LD 1423 would promote greenhouse gas reductions by Maine Businesses while updating the Toxics Use Reduction Act. This testimony does however, highlight some areas of concern on this bill.Read more
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Report
03.01.2005
Mike Belliveau
Tens of thousands of Maine workers are consistently exposed to lead on the job, a known toxic chemical that creates long-lasting health risks. Regardless of this understanding, few are screened for lead exposure and an unacceptable number is continously exposed. Maine needs to adjust and adapt its public health policies to address this challenge. This report examines how.Read more