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Maine DEP Proposes Designation of Formaldehyde and Phthalates as Priority Chemicals

March 16, 2015

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released two draft rules proposing the designation of formaldehyde and four phthalates as priority chemicals, under the Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products Law.

The formaldehyde rule covers children’s products, including bedding, child-care articles, clothing, cosmetics, craft supplies, footwear, games, jewelry and embellishments, safety seats, occasion supplies, personal accessories, personal care products, school supplies and toys. Manufacturers of products containing intentionally added formaldehyde are mandated to notify the department regarding information such as the amount and function of formaldehyde in the product reported.

The phthalates rule includes:

  • di(2ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • diethyl phthalate (DEP)
  • Products containing the four intentionally added phthalates in children's products are covered by the rule and include clothing and footwear, craft supplies, building and home maintenance products, cosmetics and personal care products, household and commercial cleaning materials and household furniture and furnishings.

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