October 21, 2014
Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reminded manufacturers to report to the Maine DEP regarding the use of cadmium, arsenic, and mercury in certain categories of children’s products which are sold in the State of Maine. Reports must be submitted to Maine DEP no later than November 28, 2014
Maine lists approximately 1,400 compounds as chemicals of concern. From this list, chemicals of high concern are designated and upon further review, may be elevated to priority chemical status which results in regulatory action. Each tier of prioritization builds upon the criteria of the list before it.
Maine has designated the following as priority chemicals:
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NP/NPE)
Manufacturers using these priority chemicals in certain consumer product categories, sold with the State of Maine, are required to report to the Maine DEP when those chemicals are used in an amount greater than the de minimis. This is a one-time report requirement.
However, manufacturers introducing products that were not offered for sale at the time of the specified deadline for the designated priority chemical must file the applicable report with the Department within 30 days of the product being offered for sale in Maine.