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drop Maine DEP Announces First-in-Nation Safer Chemicals Law to Protect Children’s Health
from Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, 7/17/09
State of Maine Identifies 1,700 Toxic Chemicals of High Concern

July 17, 2009 (Augusta, Maine) – The State of Maine officially named 1,739 chemical substances as “Chemicals of High Concern” in the first government action required under a landmark law passed in 2008 to protect children’s health from unnecessary toxic chemicals found in everyday products such as infant formula, plastic shower curtains, cosmetics, furniture, and home electronics.

The dangerous chemicals on the list are known to disrupt hormones, cause learning disabilities, cancer, or reproductive harm, or remain toxic for a long time in the environment and build up in the bodies of humans and wildlife, according to the best science available to top government agencies in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Included on the list are such chemicals as:

* Bisphenol A , the hormone disruptor being removed by many manufacturers from baby bottles and reusable water bottles, …Click here to read the rest of the article.

Reports mentioned in the article:

drop Download the Maine List of Chemicals of High Concern (CHC)pdf icon[295kb]

drop Also available as an Excel Documentexcel icon [456kb].


drop Is tap water safer than bottled?
from, 7/10/09
Score one for the green movement. For years as sales of bottled water climbed, environmental groups said it was likely less safe than tap water even without taking into consideration the impact on the enviroment. This week the government agreed. A study released by the General Accounting Office said that bottled water undergoes less scrutiny than tap water, which must meet a tougher safety standard. The GAO study found that the regulation of bottled water (under the Food and Drug Administration’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) is less strict than the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of tap water (under the Safe Drinking Water Act)…Click here to read the rest of the article.
Click here to download that report.pdf icon[1 mb]

drop Two Reports Take Bottled Water to Task
Circle of Blue examines two reports, one from the FDA, and one from the Environmental Working Group investigation.

Here is a 282 page report. It is quite technical but will be useful testimony for State water bills. Basically, it says the short term water supply in Southern Maine ( which they call the engine of Maine) is fine but for the future “the long term safe pumping capacity will approach a deficit in approximately 20 years” page 140. (Note these water contracts are for 30 plus years!) Read p.15, p.140, p.175. Page 219 starts a summary, p.263 on Climate Change which mentions The Climate Change Institute at U Maine, p. 263 Findings and Recommendations, p.273 notes KKW’s critical vulnerability.
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drop State of Maine Department of Environmental Health DRINKING WATER PROGRAM
Click to read the DWP: Bulk Water Transport Report

dropBisphenol-A stance from FDA reversed, studies from chemical industry suspect
from, 11/3/08
Click here to read.

dropMost Controversial Companies Report
from Ecofact, September, 2008
The Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal in Colombia criticized several international companies, including Nestlé,
for human rights violations. It alleges that Nestlé is guilty of breaking up traditional unions, persecuting
settlers, damaging workers’ health, endangering ecosystems and neighborhoods, and involvement in
unsolved murders…Click here to download the Most Environmentally and Socially
Controversial Companies in September 2008 from our site
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*ECOFACT is not affiliated with SOH2O nor do they endorse our work

dropU.S. faces era of water scarcity
from Circle of Blue, 7/9/08
Just as diminishing supplies of oil and natural gas are wrenching the economy and producing changes in lifestyles built on the principle of plenty, states and communities across the country are confronting another significant impediment to the American way of life: increased competition for scarce water.

Scientists and resource specialists say freshwater scarcity, even in unexpected places, threatens farm productivity, limits growth, increases business expenses, and drains local treasuries.

In May, for example, Brockton, Massachusetts, inaugurated a brand-new, $60 million reverse osmosis desalinization plant to…Click to read this report.


To appease KKW Water District customers who expressed concern about Nestle Waters N.A.’s interest in mass water extraction from the Branch Brook Aquifer, the KKW Water District hired Saint Germain company’s hydrologist and Norm Labbe’s friend Keith Taylor. In October a report by a third party hydrologist Keith Taylor was made available in pdf form on the KKW Website. Click here to view that report.pdf icon

If you read the article from Bates Magazine, Fall 2006 entitled “Water Power- Poland Spring’s expansion in Maine makes key players of Tom Brennan’83, Andy Tolman ’70 and Keith Taylor ’82, you will discover that the third party independent study is NOT independent at all.

dropWELLS ESTUARY REPORTS: Merriland River, Branch Brook, Little River Non-Point Source Pollution Management Plan
Click to read this report.

dropWELLS ESTUARY REPORTS: the Little River Watershed
Click to read this report.

dropWHEN YOU HEAR THE NESTLE p.r. people tell us that water mining an aquifer cannot affect people’s wells and ponds please go to the web site of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and click on Terry Swier’s video of the “before” and “after” of a local pond after Nestle started water extraction.

dropEWG Research: BOTTLED WATER INVESTIGATION, 10 major brands, 38 pollutants
The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including toxic byproducts of chlorination in Walmart’s Sam’s Choice and Giant Supermarket’s Acadia brands, at levels no different than…Click here to read the rest of this report.


A Position Paper on Sustainable Water Use in Maine
Public water systems utilize “Waters of the State”, as defined in state statute, as source of supply. Rights to use these sources are based in legislative grants, property ownership or a combination of both.

Over the last 150 or more years the legislature has enacted more than 250 charters for the development of public water systems. These charters, which are Private and Special Laws, share similarities and typically consist of water rights, a description of authority necessary to conduct business and the mandate to serve the referenced communities. The mandate to supply may be described in various ways, such as “with pure water for domestic and municipal purposes” or “with water for all domestic, sanitary, municipal and commercial purposes”. These rights may consist of outright permission to use surface waters or underground sources and often include the authority to appropriate sources for use. Under the latter scenario, …Click here to read the rest of this paper.


Bottled water brands do not always maintain the consistency of quality touted in ads featuring alpine peaks and crystalline lakes and, in some cases, contain toxic byproducts that exceed state safety standards, tests show. Click here to read the rest of this article.


dropNestlé’s Water Wars :The Experience of North America
by Tony Clark of the Polaris Institute
Click here to download a pdf of this report.pdf icon


dropGround-Water Resources for the Future — Atlantic Coastal Zone
Ground water is among the Nation’s most important natural resources. It provides drinking water to urban and rural communities, supports irrigation and industry, sustains the flow of streams and rivers, and maintains riparian and wetland ecosystems. In many areas of the Nation, the future sustainability of ground-water resources is at risk from overuse and contamination…Click here to read the rest of the report by the USGS.