Chemical Policy Fires up Public 

On Thursday parents, lawmakers, scientists, health professionals, as well as public health and environmental activists spoke out against toxic chemicals in consumer products and in favor of Maine’s ground-breaking new law.  They urged the BEP to adopt important new rules to get the law fully in place and underway, while offering warnings of chemical industry stall tactics designed to delay and derail the law from ever working as it was intended.  In April 2008, the governor signed into law LD 2048, An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products. The bill requires Maine to adopt a list of chemicals of high concern already proven to be hazardous and name priority chemicals for immediate action, requires manufacturers to disclose use of priority chemicals in their products, and authorizes the state to require use of safer alternative chemicals whenever they are available and affordable.The American Chemistry Council says, “…replacing “priority chemicals” with so called “safer alternatives” is not always going to be feasible and not always the right choice.” and that “…DEP’s regulations present a “one size fits all” approach.”