July 3, 2012

Maine DEP lists 49 'chemicals of high concern'

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — 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.

TO SEE the complete list, visit the Department of Environmental Protection website or click here.

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.

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.

To see the complete list, visit the DEP website or click here.

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