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Steve Taylor to speak on "Chemicals and Health: Making Consumer Products Safer for Maine Families" on the UMFK campus

September 3, 2008

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The Division of Nursing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce that Steve Taylor, Organizing Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, will present a program entitled, “Chemicals and Health: Making Consumer Products Safer for Maine Families” on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The program is a presentation for the course Environmental Health Nursing course, which is taught by Diana White, RN, UMFK assistant professor of mental health nursing.

Manufacturers of everyday products, including baby and child products, use lead, vinyl, chemical flame retardants, and thousands of other hazardous and untested chemicals in consumer products. Many of these products are not tested before they are in our homes. Mainers are working to protect our families from unnecessary hazardous chemicals in the products we use every day, and strengthen our economy through "green chemistry" based on non-toxic substances and processes.

The program will focus on major chemical threats to our health; the newest resources on safer products; demystifying the chemical alphabet soup; and what you can do to help your family, friends, and neighbors take action to protect the health of our families and communities.

The Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) is based in Augusta, Maine and works to protect human health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, expanding the use of safer alternatives, and building partnerships that focus on the environment as a public health priority. EHSC is a leader in working for a sustainable economy, including the development of bio-plastics from potatoes.

For more information, contact Diana White at 207- 834-8607.