The Strategy Center Blog

Please read and share our latest thoughts on safer chemicals policy, products, health and disease prevention, biobased manufacturing and the green economy, environmental health and justice, and much more. 

10.03.2019
With a mission of establishing a renewable liquid fuels industry, Biofine Developments Northeast (BDNE) is at the forefront of the emerging sustainable bioeconomy in Maine. The company seeks to use cellulosic waste materials including forest residues and municipal solid waste to make 100% renewable, CO2 negative heating fuel and chemicals using underutilized infrastructure in rural Maine—replacing toxic, polluting fossil fuels and petrochemicals. "Biofine Developments Northeast is honored to...+ Read more
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10.02.2019
Representative Jessica Fay , D-Raymond, represents House District 66. Rep. Fay demonstrated exceptional leadership for the health of Maine children and families as the lead sponsor of LD 1433, the Safe Food Packaging Act, which will protect Mainers from toxic PFAS and phthalates by phasing out these dangerous chemicals from food packaging in Maine. "Keeping toxic chemicals out of our environment and out of our bodies is the reason I sponsored LD 1433. It is a small step in the road to a toxic...+ Read more
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10.02.2019
Senator Robert Foley , R-York, represents Senate District 34. Sen. Foley demonstrated great leadership for the health of Maine children and families as lead Senate co-sponsor of LD 1433, the Safe Food Packaging Act, which will protect Mainers from toxic PFAS and phthalates by phasing out these dangerous chemicals from food packaging in Maine. “Several years ago I became involved with the banning of BPA in baby products here in Maine,” said Sen. Foley. “Dangerous chemicals in our food stream is...+ Read more
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10.02.2019
Representative Ryan Fecteau (D-Biddeford), represents House District 11 and serves as Assistant House Majority Leader. Rep. Fecteau showed great legislative leadership and initiative as lead sponsor of LD 1698, a renewable chemicals tax credit, currently awaiting Governor Janet Mills’ signature, which will revitalize Maine communities with the creation of high-paying jobs manufacturing climate-friendly products. “If we are going to ensure a healthy environment that continues to support so many...+ Read more
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09.30.2019
The Environmental Health Strategy Center this year recognizes international environmental justice leader Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali as the winner of our 2019 Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award . “Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali has passionately championed environmental justice for decades,” said Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Strategy Center. “The most vulnerable in our society—infants and children, poor people, communities of color—bear the worst burden of toxic pollution and...+ Read more
09.27.2019
Fred Stone is the third generation of the Stone family to own and operate Stoneridge Farm, a dairy farm in Arundel, Maine. Until recently, the daily rhythm of raising, feeding, and milking cows defined Fred’s life. And then, one fateful day in November of 2016, Fred received life-altering bad news. On that day, Fred received a letter from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District. He learned the water district had tested well water from his property a few months earlier, during the...+ Read more
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09.26.2019
A family physician, Dr. Lani Graham, MD, MPH , has devoted her career to fighting not only for the health of her patients, but also for the health of the wider human community—here in Maine, and across the nation. “I am deeply touched to be receiving this award from an organization like the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which is the premiere organization for environmental health in Maine and the very essence of environmental health activism,” said Dr. Graham in response to the award. “...+ Read more
09.03.2019
Maine faces an alarming and growing public health problem as a result of sewage sludge laced with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), that, when spread as fertilizer on Maine’s farmland, pollutes our food, farms, and groundwater with these toxic chemicals. The state has so far failed to address the problem —and now, it’s proposing a path forward that may be just as bad or worse. At the August 28 PFAS taskforce meeting, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner...+ Read more
07.25.2019
We've just released a new report —the largest study of its kind, to date—that found one out of seven vinyl or PVC food service gloves contained toxic chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights) that can leach into food. Worse? Two-thirds of the popular fast food restaurants we visited were using vinyl gloves to handle and serve food. Some PVC gloves from McDonald's tested positive for phthalates. (See how all restaurants ranked here .) We’re calling on McDonald’s, the top restaurant by sales in...+ Read more
07.12.2019
Our recent work tackling toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) has taken us from farm fields in rural Maine to the nation’s capital. Here’s a peek into our efforts on the state and national fronts to tackle the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in our food, water, and soil. (Read the previous installments in our “Tackling Toxic PFAS” series here , here , and here .) Are children and families in Maine drinking milk contaminated with toxic PFAS? Despite recent...+ Read more

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