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BPA additive could lead to breast cancer, study finds

WASHINGTON — A new study of fetal exposure to BPA, a plastic additive found in some food packaging, shows that the chemical altered the mammary gland development in monkeys. The researchers reported that the changes they observed in the monkeys reinforce concerns that BPA — bisphenol A — could contribute …

Schools

Hampden Academy HAMPDEN – Hampden Academy has announced the honor parts for the Class of 2004. Graduation exercises will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Skehan Center, Hampden Academy. Amelia Lynn Potvin, daughter of Connie and Paul Potvin of Hampden, has been named valedictorian for the Class …

Evaluating hazardous consumer products

Last week, while LD 2048, An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products, was being debated in the Legislature, a hearing was held before another committee on LD 1977, recommending statewide screening that would lead to intensive treatment of autism. How …

Study suggests tie between BPA chemical and child obesity

NEW YORK — A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don’t prove it’s the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with …
LETTERS

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014: Israel vs. Gaza, support for Jonathan Fulford, Chris Christie in Maine

Climate change swindle I was dismayed but not surprised to read economist Jonathan Rubin’s defense of the Obama administration’s proposed plan to raise electricity rates and supposedly address global warming. The piece had all the standard elements of the climate change swindle: the apocalypse card, equating skeptics with holocaust deniers, …
On their first day at Lee Academy, Friday, July 8 , Guibang Li, 14 and other 8th and 9th graders from Guangzhou Foreign Language School took S.L.E.P. (Secondary English Proficiency) test. Fifty-two students from the school are spending several weeks at Lee Academy to brush up on their English language skills.

Chinese students seeking opportunity in Maine schools

LEE | Imagine sitting in a classroom from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday with as many as 64 other students, stationary except for a 2½-hour lunch break, and having to take classes on Saturdays and Sundays, too. Imagine lessons heavy with memorization and detail, with little opportunity …

LePage dismisses BPA dangers; ‘worst case is some women may have little beards’

AUGUSTA | The political debate over bisphenol A is heating up in Maine after Gov. Paul LePage’s recent comments questioning whether the controversial chemical is as dangerous as many scientists claim. And LePage’s unusual quip about some women growing “little beards” from exposure to BPA likely will add another …

Toxic chemicals found in Maine health workers

Doctors and nurses in 10 states, including Maine, tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids in a study released Thursday by the national …

Study: Chemical in bottles may pose serious health risk

In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogenlike compound in plastic is likely to be causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people. The compound, bisphenol A or BPA, is one of the highest-volume …

Schools

Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield Maine Central Institute will hold graduation exercises noon Sunday, June 10. Valedictorian is Rishi Li Moskalewicz, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Nina Moskalewicz of Pittsfield. Salutatorian is Mitchell Douglas Mailman, son of Stephen and Yvonne Mailman, also of Pittsfield. First honor essayist is Timothy Adam Monk, …

Biological weapons protocol talks unresolved

The July 26 edition of the Bangor Daily News carried an AP story by Alexander Higgins to the effect that the United States was withdrawing from talks designed to ratify a protocol for the 1972 United Nations Biological Weapons Convention of which this nation was a signatory. Negotiations over the …
LETTERS

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014: Clean elections, Burger King, speed limits

Clean up elections Jack and Jill should be able to run for state office in Maine if qualified and motivated. They should not need to be wealthy. This is why we need a restored and fully funded Clean Election Act. This first-in-the-nation law is the most successful state program of …

Tests on 13 Mainers find industrial chemicals

Environmental and health groups say the presence of dozens of industrial chemicals in 13 Mainers who volunteered for a study underscores the need for new policies to protect the public from potential toxins found in everyday consumer products. In an analysis being released today, the Alliance for a Clean and …

Honor parts

Central High School, Corinth CORINTH – Honor parts for the Class of 2002 have been announced by Principal William Connors. Commencement exercises will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Central High School gymnasium. Crystal Parker, daughter of Donald and Heather Parker of Bradford, has been named …

Foods packaged in plastic come with a helping of chemicals

In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference …
LETTERS

Monday, May 19, 2014: Koch Industries, homelessness, buggy crash, Bangor eagles

Kid-safe products The Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to drop its proposal to add formaldehyde to its priority list of chemicals under the Kid-Safe Products Act is more than just reckless — it’s part of a dangerous pattern of behavior by the governor and his administration of bending to corporate …

MALCOLM ‘MAC’ VAIL BUCHANAN

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION and CHARLESTON – Malcolm “Mac” Vail Buchanan, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Old Town, the son of William and Jennie Pearl (Spinney) …

Maine faulted for PVC incineration Study says state burns highest percentage of ‘poison plastic’ in nation

Polyvinyl chlorides surround daily life. From shower curtains, pipes, toys and house siding to that frustrating bubble packaging that encases products, and the credit cards that most people use to buy them, PVC is ubiquitous. In 2001, Americans threw away more than 1.4 million tons of the stuff. But this …
Jenny Rottmann of Portland is nine months pregnant. Her son is due next week and she's concerned about the potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals in her couch.

Toxic flame retardants found in couches in Maine and U.S.

PORTLAND | When Jenny Rottmann and her husband bought a pale green couch a couple of years ago at a local department store, the couple had no idea it had been treated with potentially toxic chemicals. After learning about a national study into the use of flame-retardant chemicals in …
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 | 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. …