|House votes to ban bisphenol-A|
Kennebec Journal - 4/8/2011.By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: The Maine House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed banning the chemical bisphenol-A from children's products such as sippy cups and baby bottles. The ban on BPA, which many studies have shown poses cancer risks to children and pregnant women, was the first proposal to work its way through the chemical regulation process created by Maine's Kids Safe Product Act of 2008.
|Key Democrats oppose bill to repeal pesticide notification system, decry question limitations|
Press Release - 4/8/2011.From The Maine Legislature - House Democratic Office. Key Democrats on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today announced they opposed a full scale repeal of the pesticide notification law that had a public hearing on Thursday before the committee. The committee considered two proposals to scale back consumer protections that require farmers who spray pesticide applications to notify neighboring abutters who sign up on an internet-based registry prior to spraying.
|The Toxicity Panic|
The Atlantic - 4/7/2011.By Judith Shulevitz. The contemporary fear of plastics and other household menaces can’t possibly be justified—or can it?
|Bill would end state pesticide registry|
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Lawmakers will hear testimony today on bills regarding notification requirements for spraying pesticides, including one proposal that would do away with the notification system altogether. The latter bill, L.D. 228, is sponsored by Rep. Peter Edgecomb, R-Caribou, at the request of the Maine Farm Bureau.