Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
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, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Healthy Building Network
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
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
Portland Press Herald
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
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
(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
Environmental Health Strategy Center
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
Portland Press Herald
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
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