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Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins co-sponsors groundbreaking overhaul of chemical safety law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. law on chemical safety is 37 years old, riddled with exceptions and widely considered ineffective — so much so that the government hasn’t even tried to restrict an unsafe chemical since courts overturned its asbestos ban in 1991. Now that law could soon get a face-lift, …
Samantha Jane Bullard

Hermon High School announces 2013 honor parts

HERMON, Maine — Principal Brian M. Walsh has announced the honor parts for the Hermon High School graduating Class of 2013.  Commencement ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts, Orono. Samantha Jane Bullard, daughter of Robert Bullard of Bangor and …

2013 honor parts for Stearns High School

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The honor parts for the Class of 2013 at Stearns High School have been announced as follows: Valedictorian Kristen Nicole Manzo, daughter of Steve & Melissa Manzo, plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Art. During high school, Kristen …
Ellsworth Fire Lt. Gary Saunders washes down a firefighter on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in a demonstration of how the department attempts to rid turnout gear of soot, smoke and dust that contain dangerous chemicals.

Study: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals means firefighters face higher cancer risk than previously thought

ELLSWORTH | New research by a Blue Hill scientist shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. That firefighters develop cancer at an alarming rate is not news to industry professionals or scientists. But Dr. Susan …