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Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
07.19.2017
“He was my hero,” Therese Flaherty said of her husband, a firefighter who died of a rare form of cancer. Today would have been their 48 th wedding anniversary. AUGUSTA, Maine, July 19, 2017— Yarmouth resident Theresa Flaherty spent her 48 th wedding anniversary at the State House today, urging Maine legislators to support a bill that would help reduce harm to firefighters’ health—firefighters like the man she once called “my hero.” Until his death six years ago, Yarmouth firefighter Timothy J...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
07.13.2017
On National Macaroni and Cheese Day, July 14, National Coalition Urges Kraft Heinz to Lead the Industry by Pledging to Eliminate Any and All Sources of Phthalates NATIONWIDE, July 14, 2017 —Laboratory testing of 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese products has revealed toxic industrial chemicals (known as phthalates) in the cheese powders of all of the tested items, according to the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, a national alliance of leading public health and food safety...Read more
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
06.22.2017
Environmental health coalition disappointed by polluter-friendly rules The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final rules today that establish the framework for implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Government Affairs Director Liz Hitchcock issued the following statement in response: “We are profoundly disappointed that the rules issued today depart dramatically from EPA’s original proposal, following the wishes of the chemical...Read more
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Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
06.19.2017
New Law Will Help Boost Awareness and Testing of Arsenic-Contaminated Well Water Across Rural Maine AUGUSTA, Maine, June 19, 2017 —In a major victory for bipartisan lawmaking, the Maine Legislature ​today ​overrode ​the ​governor’s​ veto​ ​of safe drinking water legislation. ​New law will begin ​this fall ​to help boost water testing and protect thousands of rural Maine families from the silent epidemic of arsenic-contaminated well water. “It's a great day for Maine when legislators—Republican...Read more
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Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
05.25.2017
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 24, 2017— Demanding protection for their loved ones, colleagues, customers, and themselves, a determined group of firefighters, business owners, and parents and other family members are flooding the halls of the Maine State House today, personally urging senators and representatives to vote yes on two bills that would protect Maine firefighters and families. Today, the Maine House of Representatives will take up LD 182, a bill that would protect Maine firefighters and...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
05.24.2017
LD 182 phases out toxic chemical flame retardants, and LD 1263 would expand treatment of arsenic-contaminated drinking water AUGUSTA, Maine, May 24, 2017— Demanding protection for their loved ones, colleagues, customers, and themselves, a determined group of firefighters, business owners, and parents and other family members are flooding the halls of the Maine State House today, personally urging senators and representatives to vote yes on two bills that would protect Maine firefighters and...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
05.02.2017
Safety and Health Professionals, Furniture Retailers, and Firefighters’ Family Members Call for Support of Bill ​AUGUSTA, May 2, 2017—​ Flanked by members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine as she spoke today at the Maine State House, Yarmouth resident Theresa Flaherty asked Maine legislators to support a bill that would reduce harm to firefighters’ health—firefighters like the man she once called “my hero.” Until his death six years ago, Yarmouth firefighter Timothy J. Flaherty was her...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
04.19.2017
Maine residents, business owners, and public health advocates call for support of bill to help low-income homeowners gain access to safe drinking water "We have arsenic levels over 30 times the safety threshold, and right now there is no funding available for water treatment for my family. I wonder if we will ever have a working farm, for my boys to live on, the way it was planned. Is arsenic killing my dreams?" -- Joanie Hill, Searsport AUGUSTA, Maine, April 19, 2017 —Pregnant with her first...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
04.07.2017
“There are thousands of Mainers across the state that are unaware their families are at risk. These people are your friends, your family, your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren. We need to pass this bill to protect the people we love.” - Samantha Schildroth, Saco AUGUSTA, Maine, April 7, 2017 —A few years ago, Joanie Hill and her family moved back to Searsport, to live in the house she grew up in, the one her parents built on the family’s small farm. Her teenage son was...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Healthy Building Network
03.16.2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Today, three public health groups asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to protect the health of all Americans and the environment from ten highly toxic chemicals that they concluded pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. These are the first ten chemicals to be evaluated under the recently strengthened federal chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In comments submitted to EPA on the scope of its...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
11.22.2016
PORTLAND, Maine, November 22, 2016— A family practice physician, a business manager, a special education teacher, and an advocate for toxic-chemical reform​ nationwide​ will receive environmental health leadership awards next month in Portland from an organization working to make sure all families have access to safe and affordable food, drinking water, and products. The Environmental Health Strategy Center will present the awards at its 2016 Celebration for Healthy Families starting at 5:30 p...Read more
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Portland Press Herald
07.14.2016
Tests by the U.S. Geological Survey show that Maine households could be at a higher risk of exposure to harmful levels of lead or other metals, depending on the age of their plumbing systems. Strategy Center Executive Director Mike Belliveau is quoted throughout this article , which highlights the importance of water testing for homeowners, especially those on private wells. In Maine, that’s about half of the total population. Read more.Read more
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Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
06.23.2016
(AUGUSTA) With the long-awaited legislation to overhaul the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 finally in place, Maine public health advocates are looking ahead to a state-federal partnership in protecting children, workers, and pregnant women from dangerous chemicals. Public health leaders from the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine say the law signed by the president yesterday gives the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) important new authority to restrict...Read more
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Environmental Health Strategy Center
06.08.2016
By voice vote Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the United States Senate approved final legislation to overhaul the badly broken federal chemical safety law known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. Michael Belliveau, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and a leader in the national TSCA reform campaign over the last decade, issued the following statement: “Congress has finally taken the handcuffs off of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA now has the...Read more
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Portland Press Herald
06.04.2016
Leaders at a forum Friday urged the state to get more proactive about creating sustainable products from its rich resources, including 17 million acres of trees. As Maine’s forest products industry continues to falter, global demand is skyrocketing for new products created from breaking down wood and other plant matter into their constituent sugars and fibers. Maine should be fighting hard to secure its place in the plant-based, or “biobased,” products industry, but fear, complacency and a lack...Read more