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Regulators hear testimony supporting bisphenol-A ban

A proposal to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers is getting a show of support from parents, scientists, doctors and nurses.

Bangor protest targets unsafe baby products, chemical bisphenol-A

BANGOR, Maine — People who happened to be passing through the intersection of Union and Hammond streets at noon Tuesday may have been distracted by the presence of a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby …

Sound science: Replacing BPA with safer alternatives

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection held a hearing on Aug. 19 concerning a proposed ban on the chemical bisphenol A (also known as BPA) in children’s products …

Study: Harmful additives found in canned food

Environmental health advocates in Maine released a new national study earlier this week showing that canned foods and beverages absorb potentially dangerous amounts of bisphenol A, or BPA, from the cans’ epoxy lining.
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Seven-month-old Noorah Abdelmageed of Bangor chews on the corner of a sign held by her mother; Heather van Frankenhuyzen, owner of the Bella Luna women's clothing shop in downtown Bangor, during a 2009 protest on Union Street in Bangor of businesses selling products containing bisphenol-A, or BPA.

It’s time for a better federal chemical safety law

When Maine lawmakers several years ago considered banning some chemicals deemed harmful to health that were used in products sold here, one of the first arguments made in opposition was that such action would result in a patchwork quilt of regulations among the 50 states. Such inconsistencies would make it …
Seven-month-old Noorah Abdelmageed of Bangor chews on the corner of a sign held by her mother; Heather van Frankenhuyzen, owner of the Bella Luna women's clothing shop in downtown Bangor, during a 2009 protest on Union Street in Bangor of businesses selling products containing bisphenol-A, or BPA.

Debate intensifies over effort to ban controversial chemical found in baby food

AUGUSTA, Maine — The debate over the chemical bisphenol-A continued Tuesday as groups released competing claims about the additive’s health effects, and one baby food manufacturer insisted its products are BPA-free. During a press event at the State House, members of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine as …
Seven-month-old Noorah Abdelmageed of Bangor chews on the corner of a sign held by her mother; Heather van Frankenhuyzen, owner of the Bella Luna women's clothing shop in downtown Bangor, during a 2009 protest on Union Street in Bangor of businesses selling products containing bisphenol-A, or BPA.

Coalition finds BPA in baby food, launches effort to further curb chemical’s use in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine — A coalition of Maine health and environmental groups is preparing to launch the next campaign against bisphenol-A, or BPA, on the heels of tests that found the controversial chemical additive in 11 of 12 samples of baby food in the state. Additionally, coalition members are accusing some …
About a dozen people employed a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby bottle as a backdrop on Friday, March 25, 2011, as they held a press conference outside of the State House to urge lawmakers to ban the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in reusable beverage containers. A legislative committee is holding a public hearing on the proposed ban on Friday afternoon.

BPA ban endorsed by legislative committee

  AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a plan to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, on Friday in what some supporters are describing as a significant policy defeat for the LePage administration. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee’s vote followed weeks of vocal backlash against Gov. …
Steve Taylor, program manager for the Environmental Health Strategy Center, addresses reporters in Portland on Tuesday about common products containing bisphenol A and nonylphenol ethoxylates, chemicals he described as toxic. Seated behind Taylor are Julie Wagner, a mother and leader of a local chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, pediatrician Jonathan Fanburg and daughter Lily Fanburg.

Maine manufacturers forced to report use of BPA and other toxic chemicals in toys, paints

PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental health advocates on Tuesday called for congressional action to outlaw certain chemicals after the release of a report identifying more than 650 brand name products that contain the toxins. In accordance with Maine’s 2008 Kid Safe Products Act, many manufacturers this fall reported to the Maine …

Maine board delays expanding BPA proposal

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine environmental regulators have put off a decision on whether to expand a proposed ban on a chemical used to harden plastics in some food containers and hundreds of other household items. A proposal before the Board of Environmental Protection would ban bisphenol-A in baby bottles and …
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013: Black bear cruelty and court fees

Broken legal system In all the clamor about illegal immigration, what is lost is the legal immigration system’s inability to function anywhere near efficiently and the impact that has on people’s lives. Here is our story in very brief. My wife is Chinese. She is a remarkable, brave and smart …
A Facebook group has proclaimed Friday "Little Beard Day" in light of Paul LePage's recent comments.

Facebook event celebrates ‘Little Beard Day’ in light of LePage remarks

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Facebook group has proclaimed Friday “Little Beard Day” after Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks that BPA may cause women to “grow little beards.” “On Friday, March 4, Mainers (especially women) are invited to don “little beards” at high noon, take pictures of each other, congregate during …
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 Rumbie Gondo (from left) Gwen Moiles, Dexter Urquhart,3, and Morgan Pottle Urquhart build a symbolic wall of cardboard bricks and BPA-free canned food at the State House in Augusta Monday morning as they urged Governor LePage to sign the Healthy Kids Bill which would strengthen labeling requirements for items containing toxic chemicals.

State House rally fails to prevent LePage veto of toxic chemical disclosure bill

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Monday morning rally in the State House to show support for a bill that would require more stringent labeling of potentially harmful chemicals in food packaging failed to convince Gov. Paul LePage, who vetoed the bill later in the day. On Monday afternoon, LePage vetoed LD …

Flashlights, water bottles excellent gifts

In keeping with the spirit of the season I have a couple of simple ideas you might consider for the hard-to-please outdoors person on your shopping list. (The annual big list will come later this month.) Actually, I have samples that I’ve been given to try out. They fall into …
Kevin Raye, 2nd District Congressional candidate, speaks at the Maine Republican Convention at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Maine mothers rally against chemicals in children’s products

AUGUSTA, Maine — When Megan Rice learned that her daughter’s plastic sippy cups contained an industrial chemical called bisphenol-A, she tossed them in the trash. Now, five years later, Rice says she and many other moms struggle to buy food, toys and other products free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Some …

Maine legislative panel inches toward regulatory reforms

AUGUSTA, Maine — A special legislative committee tasked with reaching a consensus on a package of bills to simplify Maine’s environmental and business regulations has winnowed its way through 1,500 pages of testimony to come up with 300 recommendations. With a self-imposed March 31 deadline looming, the panel continued Thursday …
Maine Peoples Alliance staff and supporters gather in Bangor in 2009 to protest the inclusion of potentially dangerous chemicals, including BPA, in baby bottles and other consumer products. The ban on BPA will become law without the signature of Gov. Paul LePage after Friday's deadline passed without the governor either signing or vetoing the bill.

BPA ban to become law without LePage’s signature

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s ban against products made with the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.  Because Gov. Paul LePage has neither signed nor vetoed the measure in the ten days since it garnered near-unanimous support from Maine lawmakers, it will become law 90 days …

Ancestors’ exposure to DDT may contribute to obesity, study says

Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be playing a role in high rates of obesity three generations later, a new study says. Scientists injected pregnant rats with DDT and found no change in their levels of obesity or their offspring. But by the third generation, more than half of the …

Maine’s cancellation of hearing on potentially harmful chemical spurs questions

AUGUSTA, Maine — In mid-December, the state’s six-month scientific review of priority chemicals slated for regulation in the state’s Kid-Safe Products Act, including brominated flame retardants, was finished. According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Access request, toxicologists with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and review …

BPA ban gets unanimous Senate approval

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill banning the controversial chemical additive bisphenol-A, or BPA, has been approved by the full Legislature. The state Senate voted 35-0 on Tuesday to prohibit the use of BPA in reusable food and beverage containers, such as children’s sippy cups, beginning next year. The unanimous Senate …