- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will soon make a ruling about proposed regulations of household chemicals in the state.

The proposal focuses on products targeting children younger than 12. It would elevate four phthalates (THA’-laytz) from “high concern” to “priority chemical” status under state rules. A spokesman for the commissioner says the commissioner will make her decision shortly.

Manufacturers would need to report use of the chemicals in products sold in Maine under the proposal. 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 has criticized the state’s proposal as too weak.

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