Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine LD 498 Press Conference
“Maine people are being short-changed on the Kid-Safe Products Act right now,” said Danna Hayes, Director of Public Policy for the Maine Women’s Lobby. “The Maine DEP has repeatedly done far less than the law intends and allows when it comes to protecting pregnant women and children from exposure to dangerous chemicals. In some cases the DEP is simply collecting information already available from other states, and in other cases they are ignoring the strongest scientific evidence of harm or exposure. This pattern means far too many Maine kids are needlessly being put at risk for learning disabilities, reproductive problems, cancer, asthma and allergies.”
An overflow crowd gathered at the State House on Thursday for a public hearing on LD 948, “An Act to Harmonize Maine’s Laws governing Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products with Those of Other States”. Representative Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) introduced LD 948, also called “the Healthy Kids Bill” and it has been co-sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.
“This bill offers a simple path forward that will support Maine families and businesses every step of the way,” stated Bettyann Sheats, owner of Finishing Touches Shower Doors in Auburn. “Phthalates are just one example of chemicals used in everyday products that we know are harmful. Where are these chemicals used? Are there safer alternatives? These are straight-forward questions that can and should be answered for the most toxic chemicals in use today. Maine people and businesses deserve better information than what we’re getting right now.”