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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 …

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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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. …
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Foam food containers are about to become a ‘thing of the past’ in Portland

While shoppers in Portland can still acquire single-use plastic and paper bags if they want to pay for them after the city’s new litter-reduction ordinances take effect on April 15, the same can’t be said about polystyrene containers. “The traditional foam coffee cups are going to be …

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 …

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) …

School news

Schools Voice of Democracy contest HERMON – A Hermon High School freshman placed third in the 2007 Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by the Maine Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jordan Lorenz, 15, won a $500 scholarship for his essay on the topic, “My Role in Honoring …

US-Israel divisions over Iran boil over

JERUSALEM — Israel is sounding increasingly agitated over what it views as American dithering with economic sanctions too weak to force Iran to end its suspected drive toward nuclear weapons. In a clear message aimed at the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday criticized what he said was …

Rockland desserted Crusty Mainers expected to turn out on tart winter day for Pies on Parade

In the spring, a young man’s fancy does indeed turn to baseball. But in winter’s growling, howling days, everyone’s fancy turns to pies. Naturally, National Pie Day, sponsored by the National Pie Council, was set for the middle of the white season, on Jan. 22. To celebrate this event (and …

Greater Bangor arts news, Sept. 13, 2011

Young Americans at Hermon High School HERMON — The Young Americans, an internationally known troupe of singers and dancers, return to Maine every three years, and always to Hermon. Area students are participating in a three-day workshop with the troupe Sept. 15-17, with a show set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. …

Flame retardants, found in many consumer products, ignite health concerns

Synthetic chemicals added to consumer products to meet federal and state flammability standards are showing up in waterways, wildlife and even human breast milk. Studies in laboratory animals and humans have linked the most scrutinized flame retardants, called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, …

School news

Schools ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ BUCKSPORT – The Bucksport High School drama club will present the musical comedy “Bye Bye, Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; and Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18, at the Bucksport Middle School theater. Tickets are $6, $5 students and senior citizens, available …

School News

Schools Old Town High School OLD TOWN – More than 70 students applied for the new Honors Diploma Program for the coming school year at Old Town High School. The purpose of the program is to support and challenge students to reach maximum potential. The program recognizes and rewards academic …

Community news

Areawide Denim Day 2008 Denim Day 2008, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Campaign, has scheduled activities to challenge attitudes that condone or excuse sexual assault: . A Call to Men: “Well-Meaning Men,” community presentation by Tony Porter, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. …