Chemicals

New England Snapshot
2:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Maine DEP Withdraws Formaldehyde Rule Proposal, Dismaying Environmentalists

Nail polish is one of the many household items which may contain formaldehyde.
Credit Emre Kanik via Flickr CC

Say the word "formaldehyde" and you can practically smell it. The pungent preservative is associated with everything from nail polish and hair straightener to embalming fluid and fetal pigs. But it's also an ingredient found in a wide array of household items, such as glue, floor finish, paper and baby care products. 

"The whole point of the Kid Safe Products Act is to give Maine parents the right to know which toxic chemicals or cancer-causing chemicals are in everyday products," says Mike Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center.

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