The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued a proposed rule focusing on the use of phthalates in household products, elevating phthalates from high concern substances, to priority chemicals. Products containing phthalates would need to be reported to the authority.
Phthalates are defined as plasticizers and are used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. Common uses include vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal care products (soaps, shampoos, hairsprays, and nail polishes). Some phthalates are considered toxic to reproduction.