Environmental Health Strategy Center
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
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‘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
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
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PORTLAND, Maine—The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a proposal to designate toxic PFOS (a kind of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance) a priority chemical and require disclosure of its use in multiple product categories, the Portland Press Herald reported today. In response, Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center, issued the following statement: “We applaud Maine regulators for taking this important...Read more
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Retailer banning PFAS, phthalates, and BPA PORTLAND, Maine – Hannaford parent company Ahold Delhaize USA today announced a n ew “sustainable chemistry commitment ” that restricts toxic chemicals—including PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances), phthalates, and BPA (bisphenol-A)—from its products. The policy applies to its own branded products in the following categories: all grocery, baby food, and infant formula, as well as formulated laundry, home, personal care, cosmetic, and baby...Read more
Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging and the Environmental Health Strategy Center
PITTSBURGH, Penn. – During back-to-school week, as parents seek healthy food to pack for kids' school lunches, moms, kids, and environmental health advocates from nonprofits across the country will stage a protest and deliver petition signatures representing over 100,000 concerned consumers to Kraft Heinz Company headquarters in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, August 28, at 11am, to urge the leading food manufacturer to protect kids' health and take public action to keep toxic chemicals called...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Test results show farmers bear body burden when toxic PFAS in consumer products end up in sewage sludge used as fertilizer PORTLAND, Maine, August 15, 2019 —Dairy farmer Fred Stone in Arundel, Maine, reported today that blood tests showed his body contains extraordinarily high levels of PFOS. Stone’s farm and livelihood has been devastated by toxic PFOS, a kind of PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated substances), as a result of state-sanctioned spreading of contaminated sludge as fertilizer. Patrick...Read more
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Harmful plasticizer chemicals in some food service gloves leach into food upon contact, and children and pregnant women are most vulnerable to harmful health effects July 25, 2019--An alarming new report finds that disposable PVC food-handling gloves used in restaurants nationwide may contain toxic plasticizer chemicals called ortho- phthalates (THAL-eights) that leach into the food we eat. Some gloves from Wendy’s , Burger King , and McDonald’s were found to contain phthalates, according to...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Chemical industry appears to bet on Trump EPA to circumvent state laws addressing toxic chemicals that harm human health AUGUSTA, Maine, June 26, 2019— As momentum grew in Maine to ban toxic phthalates (THAL-eights) from food packaging, the multinational chemical industry, represented by ExxonMobil and the American Chemistry Council, approached the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 24 to evaluate the use of two phthalates and declare those chemicals safe—a decision that would bar...Read more
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AUGUSTA, Maine, June 19, 2019—The Maine Senate today unanimously passed LD 1698, a production tax credit for renewable chemicals and products that will bring high-paying green jobs to rural Maine, sending the bill to Governor Janet Mills’ desk. The Senate vote follows a unanimous vote in the House. The legislation will incentivize new, climate-friendly biobased technologies to invest in Maine, fighting global climate change and creating high-paying green jobs that will revitalize Maine’s mill...Read more
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The Safe Food Packaging Act will phase out PFAS and phthalates from food packaging and allow the state to restrict additional harmful food packaging chemicals AUGUSTA, Maine, June 4, 2019— Enacted unanimously on Tuesday by both the Maine House and Senate, a bill on the way today to Governor Janet Mills’ desk would establish a first-in-the-nation law banning two toxic industrial chemicals from food packaging. It will also clear the way for restricting additional harmful chemicals from food...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
LD 1433, The Safe Food Packaging Act, would phase out use of toxic PFAS and phthalates in food packaging AUGUSTA, Maine, April 17, 2019— Maine moms and dads, educators and students, health professionals, and members of the state’s farming, restaurant, and faith communities rallied at the State House today to support the only bill now before the Maine Legislature that addresses toxic chemicals in Maine food. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee conducted a hearing for LD 1433, The...Read more
The Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is asking the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to examine the federal response to risks associated with toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in sewage sludge that for decades has been spread as fertilizer on farmland. Read the rest at MaineBiz .Read more
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U.S. Senate Committee to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on ‘Forever Chemicals’ PORTLAND, Maine, March 27, 2019— In advance of a federal hearing tomorrow, health advocates are urging federal investigation to determine if toxic PFAS chemicals in sewage sludge spread as fertilizer are contaminating farmland, agriculture products, and drinking water nationwide. A hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will begin 10 a.m., Thursday, March 28 to examine the federal response to the...Read more
Bangor Daily News
ARUNDEL, Maine — More than two years after learning drinking water and milk tanks on his 100-year-old Stoneridge Farm were contaminated with a class of chemicals linked to cancer and other health concerns, farmer Fred Stone still can’t sell his milk and is losing hundreds of dollars a day, every day. Stone said he never knew the wastewater sludge he was licensed by the state to spread on his fields and other fields across York County contained PFAS, a class of industrial chemicals linked to...Read more