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States Leading The Way

With key leadership from Defend Our Health, Maine has adopted nation-leading restrictions on toxic chemicals and key disclosure laws for consumer products. Driven by the advocacy of frontline communities and allies, the state has made progress in cleaning up contaminated sites and monitoring environmental health risks such as PFAS. Notably, the state has strong bipartisan support for farmers who have been impacted by PFAS contamination. Maine continues to develop solutions to tackle the cumulative impacts of exposure to various chemicals and address environmental justice issues in communities disproportionately affected.

Defend Our Health Honors Environmental Health Leaders

In 2022, Defend Our Health presented awards to grassroots leaders, impacted farmers, and Maine legislative champions for their leadership in environmental health and justice.

ACHM 2014 Phthalates Campaign

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, a coalition of environmental and public health groups, ran a grassroots campaign to force the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to take action on a set of chemicals called phthalates.

Fred Stone: A Maine Farmer's Fight Against "Forever Chemicals"

Fred Stone’s dairy farm in Arundel, Maine was contaminated by toxic PFAS chemicals. His story helped the passage of several state bills to reduce the source of PFAS and to clean up current contamination. (Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg)

Legislative Overview: Maine

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Leading Allies in Maine