Déjà vu all over again

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12 Jan 2012

Last session, we fought proposed roll-backs from Governor LePage and his administration.

They wanted to dismantle laws relating to reproductive choice, child labor, and voting rights along with keeping BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.

Well, here we go again.

Over the past decade, Maine has been a national leader in passing successful laws to reduce mercury pollution.  Now, LePage’s administration wants to eliminate some of those laws.

Mercury-containing thermostats, lamps, vehicle switches, batteries, and lead-containing e-waste are a threat to the health of Maine people and the environment.

Mercury and lead – bad. Proper disposal – good.

The presence of these chemicals in our products and waste stream has been identified as harmful to the reproductive health of women.  Exposure to mercury through contaminated fish has been connected to a lowering of IQ in infants and young children.  Women who are chronically exposed to low-levels of lead suffer from reproductive consequences such as low birth weight and pre-term delivery.

Manufacturers should be required to take responsibility for the pollutants they create. And, that’s what these programs do.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s new report, Implementing Product Stewardship in Maine, suggests phasing out these important pollution prevention programs.

These Product Stewardship programs save taxpayers money by requiring that manufacturers share the costs of recycling to keep toxins out of the environment.

Product Stewardship programs protect Maine people, taxpayers, and the environment. There is still time to stop the DEP’s rollbacks. The DEP is accepting public comments right now. Please use this link to tell them today that you object to their recent report.

Tell them you want them to expand Maine’s product stewardship programs as a way of keeping mercury, lead, and other problem waste products out of Maine’s landfills, incinerators, air, water, wildlife and people.

Thank you,

Charlotte Warren
Associate Director

1 Response to Déjà vu all over again

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Phyllis vonHerrlich

January 12th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Do not abandon the protective programs we have today. Many businesses have shown for decades that they do not care about the environment or our health. You only need to think of Corinna and Hartland to be reminded of this. The DEP needs to make sure all businesses act in ways that are in the best interest of a healthy environment for everyone.

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