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Environmental Health Strategy Center
12.03.2018
Advocates call on EPA to finalize proposed ban, protect Americans from toxic products Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine — In response to a national public health campaign in which the Portland, Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is a key leader, Amazon.com posted a new policy prohibiting the sale of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in all paint stripper products it sells, effective March 2019. The company is the eleventh major retailer to...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
11.15.2018
SOUTH PORTLAND, November 15, 2018 —The renowned public health researcher whose groundbreaking study of toxic chemicals in food made national headlines this year is coming to Maine, for the first time, to speak about her leading-edge research and its implications for children, pregnant women, and health fairness and justice. Ami Zota, ScD, MS, of George Washington University, will give the keynote address at the Celebration for Our Healthy Future , an annual event benefitting the Portland-based...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
10.31.2018
Awards go to an internationally renowned children’s health expert and, from Maine, a Monmouth-based advocate, Downeast community organization, and Falmouth-based entrepreneur PORTLAND, Maine, October 31, 2018— A sustainable business entrepreneur, an internationally renowned public health expert, a community organization working for a more inclusive Downeast Maine, and a longtime Maine advocate for public health and the environment will receive leadership awards next month from the Environmental...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
10.30.2018
Deputy director at Maine-based public health organization worked on successful FDA petition to ban toxic lead acetate from popular hair dyes PORTLAND, October 30, 2018—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it would repeal its approval for lead acetate, a toxic compound, currently used as the active ingredient in so-called “progressive” hair dyes such as Grecian Formula, which slowly darken gray hairs. The FDA’s announcement came after advocates petitioned the agency...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and The Riley School
09.25.2018
Documentary screening in Rockport on October 21 tells riveting, shocking story of corporate misconduct and widespread toxic chemical exposure ROCKPORT, Maine, September 25, 2018— Forget Halloween. Here’s something really scary. On October 21, the Maine-based public health organization the Environmental Health Strategy Center joins The Riley School in Rockport for a screening of the shocking new film, “The Devil We Know,” in advance of the documentary’s wide release on Netflix in 2019. Hailed by...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
08.20.2018
Advocates call on Wheeler EPA to end delay on proposed ban, protect Americans from toxic products Washington, D.C. — Responding to a public health campaign in which the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is a key leader, Walmart announced today that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint removal products it sells in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, and on walmart.com by February 2019. The...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging
07.23.2018
Statement from Patrick MacRoy, deputy director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center and coordinator of the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, on the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on toxic chemical additives in food: July 23, 2018—“This important statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sounds the alarm about the toxic soup of chemical additives that are lurking in the U.S. food supply, many of which are added with only the assurance of...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
06.19.2018
Advocates call on Pruitt EPA to end delay, protect Americans from toxic products Portland, Maine, June 19, 2018— Resulting from a coalition campaign in which the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is a key leader, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot, announced today that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in its paint removal products by the end of this year. Home Depot operates more than 2,...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
05.29.2018
Responding to Public Pressure, Lowe’s to End Sale of Deadly Paint Removal Products Public Health Leaders Call on Other Retailers to Follow Lowe’s Lead May 29, 2018, Portland, ME -- Following months of public pressure, major home improvement retailer Lowe’s announced this morning that it would end sales by the end of this year of paint stripping products containing two toxic chemicals known as methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). Michael Belliveau, executive director of the...Read more
Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging
03.29.2018
The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging Issues Statement on New Study that Finds Dining Out Associated with Higher Exposure to Toxic Phthalates March 29, 2018—New independent research on the U.S. population’s exposure to toxic chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights) broke new ground this week with the finding that Americans who eat more food away from home are exposed to higher levels of these hormone-disrupting chemicals. The study, “Dietary sources of cumulative phthalates...Read more
Mother Jones
03.05.2018
About a month after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Scott Pruitt arrived at the Environmental Protection Agency for his first full day of work. The new administrator had weathered a contentious confirmation battle, with bitter debate over his long-standing ties to the industries he was now responsible for regulating—not to mention the 14 lawsuits he had filed against the agency as Oklahoma’s attorney general. But as he stepped into the EPA’s stately Rachel Carson Green Room, Pruitt wore...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center and Prevent Harm
02.21.2018
Part of National Trend: 23 States Consider New Rules on Toxic Chemicals as Trump EPA Fails to Protect Public Health PORTLAND, Maine, February 21, 2018—With legislation modeled after Maine's first-in-the-nation ban on toxic flame retardants in upholstered household furniture that passed in 2017, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a similarly sweeping ban to protect the health of kids, families, and firefighters. Sponsored by three Republican and four Democratic legislators, New...Read more
Portland Press Herald
02.07.2018
There should be minimum criteria for positions meant to protect the public's health, including commitment to a federal agency's mission. By Ross Endicott, Special to the Press Herald SCARBOROUGH — The story of our business starts in the attic, where our 3-year-old son loved to play on the dozens of couch cushions stored there. Why so many cushions? Well, my wife and I sell furniture, and we had been testing cushion shapes and sizes for a new line of smaller sofa designs. But then a customer...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
02.05.2018
PORTLAND, Maine, February 5, 2018— The Environmental Health Strategy Center, a Maine-based public health organization working in the state and nationally for safer food, water, and products, has appointed a new board member and expanded its organizing team. ​ Joining a nine-person board of directors, ​David Bennell is the Food, Land, and Water manager for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global organization of 200 leading businesses. A leader of sustainable innovation...Read more
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
01.21.2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2018 CONTACT: Jamie Nolan on behalf of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families jamie [at] nolanstrategic.com 410-463-9869 Advocates uncover likely use of toxic, environmentally harmful chemical in golf balls; call on EPA to follow Congressional directive to promptly address chemicals that build up in people and the environment WASHINGTON, D.C. - When an errant drive lands a golf ball in the water hazard, the harm may be to more than the golfer’s handicap. This was...Read more