AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has released the state’s official list of 49 chemicals used in everyday products that could represent a danger to children.
In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DEP published the list of “Chemicals of High Concern” late last week, before a July 1 deadline.
The list includes a dozen chemicals proven to cause cancer in humans, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic and cadmium. Others include four chemicals used in flame retardants, three used in sunscreens and so-called hormone disrupters like parabens and phthalates (THAL’-ates).
Sierra Fletcher from the Environmental Health Strategy Center says the list represents a “baby step” and that the state should now mandate replacement of those chemicals with safer alternatives.