Environmental Health Strategy Center and the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2018 CONTACT: Jamie Nolan on behalf of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families jamie [at] 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
NBC News
The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. But some former EPA officials, as well as experts and advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public from hazardous chemicals that consumers have never used before, undermining new laws and regulations that Congress passed...Read more
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and dust within one year, a rare legal move that amounts to a sharp rebuff of President Trump and Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator. The decision also called attention to the persistent threat of lead paint to children in millions of American homes, four decades after the federal government banned it from households. “...Read more
Environmental Health Strategy Center
A bipartisan effort to attract investment in climate-friendly, biobased manufacturing jobs, The Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, was introduced late yesterday in the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others. The legislation, if it passes, will create a production tax credit or an investment tax credit for the manufacture of biobased chemicals using renewable resources from the forest, farm or sea as raw materials...Read more
The Strategy Center
PORTLAND, Maine, August 14, 2017-- The Environmental Health Strategy Center today announced it has joined two lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for rewriting rules that determine how the agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials, and workplaces as well as in drinking water and food. Earthjustice, the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, is representing the Strategy Center as well as...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
LD 1263 creates fund to help families treat arsenic-contaminated well water. AUGUSTA, Maine, August 3, 2017 —A safe drinking water law, passed yesterday by the Maine Legislature through a decisive bipartisan override of the Governor's veto, will help Maine families who need to treat arsenic-contaminated well water. It's the second safe drinking water law the legislature has passed this year, as a public health campaign continues work to tackle the arsenic crisis in Maine. LD 1263, “An Act To...Read more
Prevent Harm and Environmental Health Strategy Center
Passed via dramatic veto override, new law will protect firefighters and families from toxic chemicals in household furniture AUGUSTA, Maine, August 2, 2017 —Decisively overriding the Governor’s veto, Maine legislators have passed the first law in the nation to phase out all toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture, protecting the health of families and firefighters. “Once again, Maine common sense leads the nation. This new law phases out all flame retardant chemicals in residential...Read more