an update in yesterday's Portland Press Herald.
Regular readers will recall "Lobbyist in the Henhouse", an award-winning
investigative report published in 2013 that revealed that the state's commissioner for environmental protection, Patricia Aho, a longtime corporate lobbyist, had been
strangling many of the laws she'd unsuccessfully fought against on
behalf of her clients, including the Kid Safe Products Act, disliked by chemical manufacturers.
Aho's DEP, compelled by activists' petitions to rule whether manufacturers of four phthalates will
have to disclose which consumer products sold in Maine contain the
substances, has endorsed a weakened rewrite of the rule that effectively excludes products likely to expose fetuses and pregnant women. Details in the story.
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