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Environmental Health Strategy Center
10.18.2017
A bipartisan effort to attract investment in climate-friendly, biobased manufacturing jobs, The Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, was introduced late yesterday in the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others. The legislation, if it passes, will create a production tax credit or an investment tax credit for the manufacture of biobased chemicals using renewable resources from the forest, farm or sea as raw materials...Read more
The Strategy Center
08.14.2017
PORTLAND, Maine, August 14, 2017-- The Environmental Health Strategy Center today announced it has joined two lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for rewriting rules that determine how the agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials, and workplaces as well as in drinking water and food. Earthjustice, the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, is representing the Strategy Center as well as...Read more
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Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
08.03.2017
LD 1263 creates fund to help families treat arsenic-contaminated well water. AUGUSTA, Maine, August 3, 2017 —A safe drinking water law, passed yesterday by the Maine Legislature through a decisive bipartisan override of the Governor's veto, will help Maine families who need to treat arsenic-contaminated well water. It's the second safe drinking water law the legislature has passed this year, as a public health campaign continues work to tackle the arsenic crisis in Maine. LD 1263, “An Act To...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
08.02.2017
Passed via dramatic veto override, new law will protect firefighters and families from toxic chemicals in household furniture AUGUSTA, Maine, August 2, 2017 —Decisively overriding the Governor’s veto, Maine legislators have passed the first law in the nation to phase out all toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture, protecting the health of families and firefighters. “Once again, Maine common sense leads the nation. This new law phases out all flame retardant chemicals in residential...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
08.01.2017
Legislature Will Convene Tomorrow for Potential Override LD 182 would phase out toxic flame retardants in household furniture. LD 1263 would help low-income families treat well water for arsenic. AUGUSTA, Maine, August 1, 2017 —Two common-sense laws that would help protect Maine people from toxic chemicals, LD 182 and LD 1263, were vetoed today by Governor LePage. The Maine Legislature will convene to vote on and potentially override these vetoes tomorrow morning. Firefighters, families, and...Read more
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