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. 

Join us on Friday, December 1: A night to celebrate and support great work for our healthy future! Read all about our 2017 environmental health leadership award winners. Delicious food, drink, and socializing in O'Maine Studios' unique space Inspiring winners of our 2017 Leadership Awards Fun stuff for kids and adults, alike FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 6-8 p.m. O'Maine Studios 54 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101 You'll be inspired by people and progress getting toxic chemicals out of food, drinking...+ Read more
The devastating tragedies of Flint, Michigan , and East Chicago, Indiana , demonstrate that lead exposure remains an urgent public health crisis in this country. Effective and affordable solutions exist, however—if we choose to implement them. Those are the central messages of an authoritative report , “10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure,” released this morning by the Health Impact Project , a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable...+ Read more
At the Strategy Center, our work highlights the urgent need to end our reliance on petroleum-based plastics. Not only can these materials pose a threat to human health and our climate, they’re also unsustainably sourced from fossil fuels (particularly from fracked natural gas) and create overwhelming pollution . This is a problem with a solution. It’s time to usher in a new sustainable economy: one based on renewable biobased materials sourced from forest, farm, and sea. Our Sustainable Economy...+ Read more
We're suing the Trump EPA. It's time to hold the agency to the letter of the law and ensure it fulfills its mandate to protect the public. Will you help us pay for our added staff time and research? You helped win the desperately needed landmark legislation that Congress approved last year. It strengthens federal regulation of toxic chemicals, to make Americans safer. President Obama signed the historic law. But it was left to the Trump Administration to finalize the rules for how the EPA would...+ Read more
A guest post by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Association. It’s back-to-school season again, and like most parents you’re probably elbow-deep in shopping lists and prep checklists. We spend these last golden days of summer scouring store shelves for the perfect lunchbox and meticulously styling cool first-day outfits, hoping to set our kids up for success. The whirlwind of setting up for another school year is enough to have you breathing a sigh of relief when you finally load your little ones...+ Read more
It was just over a year ago that a landmark step in chemical-safety regulation came, when Congress approved legislation to strengthen federal regulation of toxic chemicals. But although proposed rules for implementing the new requirements were issued for comment, they weren’t finalized before President Obama left office. Then came the Trump Administration. Trump’s “new” Environmental Protection Agency has now issued final rules that are dramatically weaker. These rules determine how the agency...+ Read more
Incredible things happened this week. By decisive bipartisan votes to override Governor LePage's vetoes, Maine Legislators prioritized the health and safety of Maine children, families, and firefighters--and established a precedent-setting standard for the nation. First in the Nation Firefighters and families worked alongside a powerful coalition of labor and environmental groups, including the Environmental Health Strategy Center and its action arm, Prevent Harm, to pass the first law in the...+ Read more
As the anesthesia mask was placed on her baby boy’s face, Laura Seaton started singing to him, trying to keep him calm. Her eight-month-old son needed a three-and-a-half hour surgery to reconstruct his penis. Laura’s son was born with a common birth defect. The more she has learned about it, the stronger her motivation has grown to join a growing number of parents, consumers, nurses, physicians, scientists, and health and safety advocates who are calling on the food industry to get toxic...+ Read more
After over six years with the Strategy Center, Emma Halas-O’Connor is departing for law school. She will be sorely missed, but she’s leaving on a high note: In her last weeks here, the Maine Legislature voted to override the Governor’s veto of LD 454, our bill to expand outreach and education around arsenic exposure through well water, and turned that important bill into law. In this blog post, Emma looks back on the long journey that led to this victory for safe drinking water for all Maine...+ Read more