- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho is expected to make a ruling this week 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 she will make her decision by Friday.

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.

Opponents say the state’s proposal leaves pregnant women under-informed about which products contain the chemicals.

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