- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine officials are taking public comments for one more week about proposed regulations of household chemicals that focus on products targeting children younger than 12.

The proposal would elevate four phthalates (THA’-laytz) from “high concern” to “priority chemical” status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report use of the chemicals in products sold in Maine. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is taking public comment through Feb. 17.

Phthalates are used in products like raincoats and personal care items. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some types of phthalates have affected reproductive systems in lab animals.

The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine says the state’s proposal is too weak and leaves pregnant women under-informed about which products like cosmetics and shampoo contain phthalates.

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