Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio news
For the first time, manufacturers who use hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates in their products have reported their use to the state of Maine. A new report released Thursday by the Environmental Health Strategy Center reveals that phthalates are in more household items than previously thought. Read and listen to the full story here.Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Maine is at the center of a new national report on hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. What Stinks? Toxic Phthalates in Your Home , presents recently-disclosed information showing that hormone-disrupting chemicals are used in a broader range of household products than previously known. Thanks to Maine activists, manufacturers of paints and cleaning products available across the country have been required to disclose their uses of dangerous chemicals called phthalates (pronounced...Read more
The Bangor Daily News
“The issues and regulation of BPA and its replacements are the story of the failed chemical safety system,” says former Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree, the lead sponsor of the state's first-in-the-nation Kids-Safe Products Act. “We weren’t wrong to try to phase out certain flame retardants or BPA, given their health impacts. But that the industry replaces these with chemicals that are equally bad makes the game of whack-a-mole very frustrating.”Read more
Photo, from left to right: Stacey Haskell, program officer, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation and Charlotte Mace, sustainable economy program director, Environmental Health Strategy Center
Environmental Health Strategy Center
B​ANGOR, Maine, April ​5, 2016-- The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded the Environmental Health Strategy Center a $15,000 grant to help develop a ​" roadmap ​" for attracting investment in new ​Maine ​manufacturing that can help m eet the rising global demand for renewable, petroleum-free raw materials and consumer products. “This grant award from our Foundation to Environmental Health Strategy Center signifies our commitment to economic development,” said Stacey Haskell, Program...Read more
Is BPA in your food cans?
Environmental Health Strategy Center
PORTLAND, Maine, March 30, 2016-- Maine moms and doctors are voicing concern about the findings of a national report released ​today that show the results of testing nearly 200 cans of food for the presence of the dangerous chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). The tests revealed BPA’s presence in the linings of two out of three cans of food distributed by popular national brands. Some of the cans tested were purchased in Maine grocery stores. BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical that strong science...Read more
Safe drinking water
Environmental Health Strategy Center
PORTLAND, Maine, March 2, 2016— Sick with a form of cancer linked to arsenic poisoning, Richard Minoty had lived for 11 years in an apartment complex in Belgrade when his doctor reviewed test results of drinking water from Richard’s kitchen. The doctor issued a prescription within minutes: move to a new home. “The doctor looked at how high the arsenic levels were, then looked up at me, and said, ‘Get out of there, today,’ ” Richard said. He and his wife moved to an apartment in Augusta in 2013...Read more
Kennebec Journal
A coalition of health and education organizations are pressing the administration of Gov. Paul LePage to step up its efforts to reduce exposure of state residents to arsenic found in well water across the state. . . . The Environmental Health Strategy Center, the Maine Public Health Association, the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Children’s Alliance, the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine and Physicians for Social Responsibility have joined together to...Read more
Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio news
“In 2004, I started having trouble with my skin,” says Richard Minoty, who with his wife moved into a housing complex in Belgrade in 2002. Belgrade is a hot spot for elevated arsenic levels. “Got more cancer — skin cancer - than anybody I’ve ever known,” Minoty says. Exposure to arsenic has been linked to an increased risk for skin, bladder and lung cancer, as well as developmental disabilities. Minoty says his skin cancer was so pervasive, his dermatologist advised him to test his water for...Read more
The Portland Press Herald/Associated Press
Lumber Liquidators’ stock plunged when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people exposed to certain types of the company’s laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted. The CDC said that in its original report, last year, had used an incorrect value for ceiling height. It said that resulted in health risks calculated using airborne concentration elements about three times lower than they should have been. The agency said that...Read more
Mike Belliveau, Environmental Health Strategy Center
Last night, the U.S. Senate passed legislation by unanimous consent to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The bill must be reconciled with a much different bill approved in June by the U.S. House of Representatives, before final TSCA reform can become law. Mike Belliveau, Executive Director of Environmental Health Strategy Center, issued the following statement in response to the Senate action: “Although improved, the Senate bill remains badly flawed. In a shameful give-...Read more
Bangor Daily News
" Yes, there are communities in Maine still reeling from recent plant closures, and no, biobased is not an overnight solution. Yet, biobased manufacturing is a unique economic development strategy for Maine. It can create good manufacturing jobs, use natural resources sustainably, respond to global demand and reduce our reliance on petroleum." Read the full article here: Op Ed in Bangor Daily News: "A New Manufacturing Strategy for Maine that can turn Plants to Products" by Charlotte MaceRead more
Portland Press Herald
'“The commissioner was often a cautious voice of reason in an administration that was otherwise very hostile to public health protections,” Belliveau said. “We didn’t always agree (with Aho), but she didn’t always call the shots. The governor’s office did. … We were often critical of decisions made under her leadership, but we also cooperated privately with her whenever possible.”' - Mike BelliveauRead more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Augusta, ME - A bipartisan group of Maine legislators sent a letter to Commissioner Mary Mayhew of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday morning, requesting that the Department announce a plan of action within 30 days to protect Maine children from exposure to arsenic and other toxic chemicals from drinking water wells.Read more