Saturday, January 10, 2015

Maine DEP, headed by chemical lobbyist, to rule on chemical disclosures

In today's Portland Press Herald, I have an update on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and its handling of the execution of a law designed to protect babies and children from toxic chemicals.

Regular readers will recall "Lobbyist in the Henhouse", an award-winning investigative report published in 2013 that revealed that DEP commissioner 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.

Now Aho's DEP must rule whether manufacturers of four phthalates will have to disclose which consumer products sold in Maine contain the substances. Details herein.

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