This is in response to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed rollbacks of environmental safeguards and in support of a letter by Genevieve Lysen, (“Regulatory reform bad for Maine,” Feb. 8).

It’s hard to believe that Gov. LePage wants to turn back the clock on Maine’s environment and put the special interests of out-of-state chemical companies above the health of Maine children — but that’s exactly what he wants to do.

Despite recent changes to his first regulatory reform package, his staff has made it clear he still wants to overturn the Kid-Safe Products Act, which was passed in 2008 with overwhelming bipartisan support (35-0 in the Senate and 129-9 in the House).

KSPA is a common-sense process to identify the most dangerous chemicals used in everyday products that harm Maine children, collect information on the use of those chemicals and assess safe alternatives.

If the Kid-Safe Products Act and the BPA rule are allowed to do their work, Maine could save $380 million each and every year, which works out to $1,350 per child in unnecessary health care and economic costs, according to a recent study by University of Maine economist Mary Davis.

KSPA provides important safety information and transparency, leading to improved market performance. It encourages innovation and the development of new products.

I urge legislators to support this common-sense law that helps Maine’s businesses compete and protects the future of the children.

Corey Creedon, Lewiston

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