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Environmental Health Strategy Center
07.27.2020
After news of second farm with high levels of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in milk, impacted Mainers, health advocates, and legislators speak out Impacted Mainers, experts, health advocates, and a legislator spoke out publicly Monday at a virtual press conference demanding the state take urgent action and hold polluters accountable after news broke that another Maine dairy farm was found to have sky-high levels of toxic chemicals in its milk, most likely a result of chemical pollution of farmland...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
07.24.2020
A dairy farm in central Maine was found to have record-breaking levels of a toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance) in its milk, according to Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. This farm’s milk contained over twenty times the levels found in milk at Stoneridge Farm in Arundel, Maine, which made national headlines in 2019 after then record high levels of a PFAS were discovered in its milk. In the case of Stoneridge Farm, the contamination was the result of...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
07.02.2020
Advocates call for passage of pending legislation to expand scope to all uses of all PFAS The Maine Board of Environmental Protection adopted a rule today requiring manufacturers to report the use of PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) in a wide range of consumer products. Under Maine’s Kid Safe Products Act, the reporting requirement is a first step in a regulatory process that could result in phasing out remaining uses of PFOS in consumer products. PFOS is one member of the class of about 5,...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
06.17.2020
Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced this morning that she will oppose the Trump Administration’s nomination of Nancy Beck to oversee the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The announcement came after health advocates in Maine publicly called on Senator Collins to prioritize Mainers’ health and oppose Beck’s nomination. Beck is a former chemical industry lobbyist who has worked to dismantle environmental and public health regulations throughout her career, most recently in her...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
06.01.2020
PORTLAND, June 1, 2020—The Portland-based health advocacy organization the Environmental Health Strategy Center mourns the sudden passing of board member Alain J. Nahimana and offers our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and community. Alain J. Nahimana, founder and executive director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, was a member of the Strategy Center board of directors since 2017. Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center,...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
04.10.2020
Leaders from Maine’s labor, medical, public health, and immigrant communities today sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation calling for urgent federal action to protect all of Maine’s frontline workers providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including by increasing production and distribution of appropriate personal protective equipment, and to invest much more in public health to prevent future disease outbreaks. “Workplace deaths due to COVID-19 can be...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Biobased Maine
03.19.2020
The competitive tax credit is projected to create or retain over 1,000 high-paying green jobs manufacturing climate-friendly products over the next ten years Maine business leaders, entrepreneurs, and environmental groups praised Governor Janet Mills for signing into law on Wednesday a tax credit that will create hundreds of good-paying jobs making climate-friendly products from renewable resources—so-called “biobased” products—here in Maine. Supporters were also grateful for Maine lawmakers’...Read more
Lewiston Sun-Journal
02.16.2020
For centuries, murderers have turned to arsenic as an ideal poison to claim their victims because it doesn’t have any color, odor or taste to alert the unwary when it’s mixed in with food and drink. So it’s no surprise that arsenic in drinking water is far from ideal. Yet testing shows that about 15% of Maine wells have water with excessive levels of arsenic – and, since it’s possible any arsenic may pose a threat, the number is likely even higher. “Arsenic is the sleeping giant that must be...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
02.06.2020
Decades of the town spreading PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge polluted Presque Isle families’ drinking water with high levels of dangerous chemicals PRESQUE ISLE, February 5, 2020—A group of Presque Isle families sent a public letter to the Presque Isle Utilities District and state government officials today demanding urgent action to protect the families from dangerous PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances) contaminating their land and drinking water, a result of the town’s decades-long...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
02.06.2020
Health advocates serving on Task Force call on state policy makers to take stronger action to protect public health from toxic chemical pollution AUGUSTA—Health advocates serving on Governor Janet Mills’ PFAS Task Force urged policy makers today to go beyond Task Force recommendations and take stronger, more decisive state action, including enacting a health-protective drinking water standard, to protect public health from toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). The comments were made...Read more
Bangor Daily News
02.06.2020
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Four Presque Isle residents sent a public letter to the Presque Isle Utilities District and state government officials on Wednesday demanding the district address the presence of PFAS chemicals — substances known for their inability to break down and their link to adverse health effects — in the residents’ land and drinking water. PFAS chemicals are a group of synthetic chemicals the EPA said may be linked to cancer. PFAS chemicals are colloquially known as “forever...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
02.04.2020
High levels of toxic PFAS in school drinking water would be illegal in Vermont and New Hampshire, pointing to need for health-protective standard in Maine TRENTON—School district officials confirmed this week that they have not taken action to reduce high levels of dangerous “forever chemicals” in Trenton Elementary School’s drinking water, because the state of Maine has failed to enact a health-protective drinking water standard for toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). “School...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
01.27.2020
“Arsenic is the sleeping giant that must be addressed” AUGUSTA—Maine children and families are being exposed to dangerous levels of arsenic in their well water and require legislation to protect their health and future, doctors and public health experts told Maine lawmakers at an impactful public hearing on Monday before the Maine Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. The bill under consideration, LD 1943, will better protect the health of all Maine families by requiring the state...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
01.24.2020
Public health experts, environmentalists, members of religious community testified in support of state legislation to address toxic PFAS pollution in Maine AUGUSTA—Maine children, families, and farmers urgently need new state legislation to address toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances) pollution, according to doctors, environmentalists, public health advocates and other Mainers who spoke on Friday at a public hearing before the Maine Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
01.23.2020
Advocates call on Maine Governor and Legislature to support adoption of health-protective drinking water standard AUGUSTA—Governor Janet Mills’ PFAS Task Force’s final recommendations , published today, are too weak to adequately protect public health and the environment from toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) pollution in Maine, say health advocates. “The Governor’s Task Force recommends strong action to clean up contaminated sites and prevent future PFAS pollution. But the...Read more