The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed four rules that would designate cadmiumformaldehydemercury and arsenic as priority chemicals. A public comment period on the proposed rules expired January 31, 2014. The proposed rules would implement Maine’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law, which aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of children by reducing their exposure to chemicals of high concern by providing substitutes when feasible. Maine has already listed bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol/nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NP/NPE) as priority chemicals.

This comes following California releasing their list of priority productsVermont introducing legislation, and states legal battles over the dormant Commerce Clause.