Comments for: Stronger action urged after Maine DEP releases list of 49 chemicals dangerous to children

Posted July 05, 2012, at 6:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has published a list of 49 chemicals whose everyday use it deems dangerous to the health of Maine children, but an environmental policy group is urging stronger action. The DEP met a July 1 deadline set by the Legislature requiring it …

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  • Anonymous

    After the first article on this came out, I tried to find the list but it’s buried in their 7/1/12 report.  Contract the DEP for help in finding it.

    Some may argue that more chemicals shold be on it.  I question some that are.  Quartz?  So much for sand boxes.  Granted, you can get silicosis after many years of inhaling sand and dirt dust, but you’d get far more living on a dirt road. 

  • Anonymous

    Why did the article spend so much space presenting the “it’s not enough” perspective and not enough from “it’s just fine”?

    Where was Big Plastic? Where was Big Arsenic ? (Now that I’m testing my well water, I’m SHOCKED of the natural, background level of Arsenic we’ve been drinking for 50 years).

    Of course adding more chemicals should, and will be, discussed and debated. Yet, the usual cast of characters will NEVER be happy with such a list from Government… That’s how they keep their sources of funding fired up to contribute more and more.

    • cleanearth

      Hi Tom – And where are pesticides, which people ingest in their food every day – without their knowledge or consent? 

      Chemical-dependent growers used to use Lead-Arsenate as a pesticide before the “wonder chemicals” like DDT were created in the labs.  So the arsenic is, of course, along with the lead, still here, along with the natural arsenic.  It never goes away. 

      Arsenic is mentioned in the list, but not lead. 

      Manmade chemicals used in agriculture and manufacturing should, I believe, be neutralized before being released into the air and water.  We all know – common sense –  that this poisoning of our only habitat can’t go on forever……nor for much longer without serious implications for us all. 

  • Table 10: List of Chemicals of High Concern

    CAS         Chemical
    50-00-0 Formaldehyde
    71-43-2 Benzene
    75-01-4 Vinyl chloride
    79-94-7 Tetrabromobisphenol A
    84-61-7 Dicyclohexyl phthalate; DCHP
    84-66-2 Diethyl phthalate
    84-74-2 DBP (Dibutyl phthalates); di-n-butyl phthalate
    84-75-3 Di-n-Hexyl Phthalate
    85-68-7 BzBP; Benzyl butyl phthalate; Butyl benzyl phthalate; BBzP
    87-68-3 Hexachlorobutadiene
    91-59-8 2-Naphthylamine
    92-69-3 4-Hydroxybiphenyl; 4-Phenylphenol
    92-87-5 Benzidine and its salts
    94-13-3 Propyl paraben
    94-26-8 Butyl paraben
    95-53-4 2-Aminotoluene
    99-76-3 Methyl paraben
    99-96-7 p-Hydroxybenzoic acid
    100-42-5 Styrene
    101-14-4 4,4´-Methylenebis(2-Chloroaniline)
    106-89-8 Epichlorohydrin
    106-93-4 1,2-Dibromoethane
    106-99-0 1,3-Butadiene
    108-88-3 Toluene
    115-96-8 Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
    117-81-7 DEHP (Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate); bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 
    118-74-1 Hexachlorobenzene
    120-47-8 Ethyl paraben
    131-55-5 Benzophenone-2 (Bp-2), 2,2′,4,4′-tetrahydroxybenzophenone
    131-56-6 2,4-Dihydroxybenzophenon; Resbenzophenone
    131-70-4 Mono-n-butylphthalate
    140-66-9 4-tert-Octylphenol; 1,1,3,3-Tetramethyl-4-butylphenol
    556-67-2 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane
    608-93-5 Benzene, pentachloro-
    1163-19-5 2,2′,3,3′,4,4′,5,5′,6,6′-Decabromodiphenyl ether; BDE-209
    1634-04-4 Methyl tert-butyl ether; MTBE
    1763-23-1 Perfluorooctanyl sulphonic acid and its salts; PFOS
    1806-26-4 Phenol, 4-octyl-
    2425-85-6 2-Naphthalenol, 1-[(4-methyl-2-nitrophenyl)azo]-
    5466-77-3 2-ethyl-hexyl-4-methoxycinnamate
    7439-97-6 Mercury & mercury compounds
    7440-02-0 Nickel & nickel compounds
    7440-38-2 Arsenic & Arsenic compounds
    7440-41-7 Beryllium & Beryllium compounds
    7440-43-9 Cadmium
    14808-60-7 Quartz
    25013-16-5 Butylated hydroxyanisole
    25637-99-4 Hexabromocyclododecane
    27193-28-8 Phenol, (1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)-; Octylphenol

    • Anonymous

      Yup, this is the table I found but I had to deduce thast it was the new, announced list inthis artcile) owing to a different title and only by scanning the report issued 7/1/12.  I’ve suggested that they provide a discrete URL to table 10 either with annotation or further links to such annotation.

    • cleanearth

      I see no reference in all of this to PESTICIDES, those poisons we’re constantly exposed to much of our food (unless it’s organically grown), in our air around the blueberry, potato, apple, and other large monocultures in Maine.

      This is a HUGE omission; one has to almost assume it’s deliberate because the DEP perhaps doesn’t want to annoy the Ag. Dept?  Or because UMO and its offshoots promote pesticides?  Or………?

      Why are pesticides – including fungicides, miticides, insecticides, herbicides (such as RoundUp, not “safe” as some like to claim) – not mentioned at all?

      I don’t even see their chemical names here. 

      No Pesticides is ever safe, and it’s against federal law to claim any of them are safe, ever.

      We have people dying from pesticide exposure, fetuses in their mothers’ wombs being exposed to pesticides from her blood and then beiong born with nascent cancers, asthma, allergies, and other problems right from day one of their lives.

      I’m disgusted with this list.

      People:  don’t use those chemical scent thingies or dryer sheets – do you know what chemicals you are then breathing most of the time?  And what they’re doing to your body and your brain?  

      Don’t risk you or your child’s brain and health…..grow some of your own vegetables if you possibly can (get an old wooden box or other containers and start growing at least good salad greens to start).  This will become more important as time goes on and food shortages around this country and the world continue to expand. 

      We are not immune to problems facing others; most of our food still comes from away.  Let’s change that; grow your own or get together with neighbors and have a community garden.  

      Other than clean water and warm shelter in winter, nothing else is more important than clean, un-poisoned, healthy food. 

  • Anonymous

    well Lepage…. BPA is on that list.. now would you look at that… hmmm I thought you said it just made women hairy….

  • Anonymous

    Maine needs to sue these corporations that sells these products to Maine children.
     

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