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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
Environmental Health Strategy Center
12.09.2019
Starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway, the David-and-Goliath story about toxic PFAS contamination is all-too-familiar story for some in Maine PORTLAND—Health advocates and experts will convene at Portland’s Nickelodeon Theater on Tuesday, December 17 for a 6:30pm panel discussion and film screening of Dark Waters , the Hollywood adaptation of the true David-and-Goliath story of a small West Virginia town that took on the multinational chemical company DuPont for poisoning their drinking water...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
11.26.2019
AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mill’s PFAS Task Force on Tuesday released draft recommendations for tackling toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contaminating food, water, and farmland in Maine. The draft recommendations mark a good first step toward addressing this emerging public health crisis, but fall short of what is needed to protect public health and the environment, according to the Portland-based health advocacy group the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Patrick MacRoy,...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
11.19.2019
Largest-ever analysis finds dramatic improvements among retailers between 2016 and 2019 In major consumer health win, retailers phasing out PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals,’ in products and food packaging WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report reveals that many of North America’s largest retail companies are embracing chemical safety policies to help protect consumers from toxic chemicals in products. In the largest-ever analysis of its kind, 63% of evaluated companies improved over the past year alone...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
10.31.2019
N ew commitment targets PFAS, organohalogen flame retardants, phthalates, bisphenols, and other dangerous chemicals for safe substitution WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Answering consumer demand for products free from toxic chemicals as a result of the national Mind the Store campaign in which the Portland, Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is a key leader, Staples today launched a new Chemicals Policy targeting the reduction and substitution of toxic chemicals including per- and...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
10.30.2019
‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Water Supplies Serving Towns, Schools and Mobile Home Parks in Arundel, Fayette, Georgetown, Lisbon Falls, Livermore Falls, Mexico, Sanford, and Topsham AUGUSTA--The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented a new report to the Governor’s PFAS Task Force on Tuesday that showed 9 out of 19 public water supplies tested contained toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)—the same dangerous chemicals reported to have contaminated the milk...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
09.30.2019
Dr. Ali Wins Leadership Award, Will Give Keynote at 2019 Celebration for Our Healthy Future PORTLAND, Maine— Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali , a pioneering thought leader for environmental justice and sought-after international speaker, will give the keynote address at the 2019 Celebration for Our Healthy Future , the annual fundraising event for the Portland-based health advocacy organization the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which begins at 6pm on Thursday, October 17, at Congregation Bet Ha...Read more