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PSR Maine has launched the Maine Children's Environmental Health Project, a public education campaign for parents and physicians detailing the potential threat that endocrine disruptors pose to children's health.
PSR Maine is a founding member of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, a coalition of eleven Maine environmental and public health groups pursuing a multi-year strategy to phase out the long-lived toxic chemicals that build up in the food web and in our bodies.
In the spring of 2008, the Alliance’s strenuous effort to build legislative support for LD 2048 - An Act To Protect Children's Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children's Products came to fruition. The bill passed overwhelmingly. It requires Maine to adopt a list of priority chemicals of high concern, forces manufacturers to disclose the toxic chemicals they add to products, and authorizes the state to require safer alternatives. LD 2048, sponsored by House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, continues Maine’s national leadership on safer chemicals, building on past success in phasing out mercury, arsenic and toxic fire retardants in consumer products.
PSR Maine took the lead in creating The Body of Evidence Report, a study published by the Alliance in 2007 to raise consciousness of the number and amount of toxic chemicals that are found in the bodies of Maine citizens. In 2006, thirteen Maine men and women volunteered to have their bodies tested in the first-ever study of chemical pollution in Maine people. This study found a total of 46 different chemicals (of 71 tested) in samples of blood, urine, and hair. On average, each participant had measurable levels of 36 toxic chemicals in their bodies. These findings show that Maine people are routinely exposed to hazardous industrial chemicals including phthalates from cosmetics and vinyl plastic, brominated flame retardants (PBDEs) from televisions and furniture, Teflon chemicals from stain-resistant and non-stick coatings, bisphenol A from reusable water bottles and baby bottles, and toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic.