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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Mike Belliveau

Mike Belliveau has worked for 32 years as a science policy analyst, health advocate and social entrepreneur. He directs the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy. Mike led the 2008 campaign to pass a landmark safer chemicals reform law in Maine, and other policies to replace dangerous chemicals such as mercury, lead and PBDEs with safer alternatives. He co-founded a business-led, green chemistry consortium to develop innovative technology to turn Maine potato waste and wood chips into nontoxic, value-added plastics. In the last decade, Mike has played a national leadership role in the health-based movement to overhaul federal chemical policy. In 2005, he co-founded SAFER, the national alliance behind the growing wave of state-based safer chemical reforms. Mike currently serves as senior advisor to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families national campaign. Mike holds an environmental science degree from MIT. He previously served as project director for Toxics & Clean Production at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and executive director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) in California.


Preserve, Don't Preempt, State Leadership on Toxic Chemicals, October 18, 2013