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Maine DEP Designates Four Phthalates as Priority Chemicals (United States)

August 17, 2015

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the listing of the following four phthalates as priority chemicals under the state’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law.

  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Diethyl phthalate (DEP)

Children’s products covered include:

  • Clothing
  • Craft supplies
  • Building and home maintenance products
  • Cosmetic and personal care products
  • Household cleaning products
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry

Distributors or manufacturers of children’s products having intentionally-added regulated phthalates must report the following to the DEP no later than 180 days after the effective date:

  • Description of the product
  • Amount and function of the substance
  • Product sales data
  • “Any other information the manufacturer deems relevant to the reporting of the regulated product”

Rule is in effect as of June 22, 2015.