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Maine Chapter 880 Reduces Exposure to Chemicals

Maine’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Law Amended

August 20, 2012

Amendments to Maine’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Law, also known as Chapter 880, went into effect on July 21, 2012. The goal of Chapter 880 is to protect the health, safety and welfare of children and other vulnerable populations by reducing their exposure to chemicals of high concern through the substitution of safer alternatives when feasible. It also identifies the process by which the department will classify chemicals of high concern – from which priority chemicals are designated for regulatory scrutiny – and details how the department will go about collecting information from manufacturers on the use of priority chemicals in children’s products.

Recent amendments to Chapter 880 add specificity to the designation of chemicals of high concern by including the following criteria: a chemical’s presence in consumer products used or found in the home; biomonitoring studies; and analysis of the indoor home environment. Definitions for the terms “contaminant” and “de minimis level” have been added for clarity.


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