AUGUSTA — A group of parents and doctors is calling on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to hold a public hearing about a request to require manufacturers to report use of certain chemicals used in plastics.

The group mailed the DEP 18 requests for a public hearing on Thursday. The group also delivered 2,071 petitions calling for the rule change earlier this month.

The chemicals, called phthalates, are often called “plasticizers” and are used to make plastics more flexible and durable. They are used in products like vinyl flooring, plastic clothes, and personal care products.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some types of phthalates have affected reproductive systems of lab animals and more research is needed to assess effects on humans.

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