Priority Chemicals

Maine has designated two chemicals to priority status:

  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Nonylphenol/Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NP/NPE).

Manufacturers using priority chemicals in certain consumer product categories, sold within the State of Maine, are required to report to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection when used in an amount greater than the de minimis. This is a one-time reporting requirement.

The following is a brief summary with links to Department rule chapters 882 and 883 for complete details.

BPA

Chapter 882

  • Prohibits the sale of reusable food and beverage containers made with BPA;
  • Prohibits the sale of baby food packaging and infant formula packaging made with BPA;
  • Requires manufacturers using BPA in toys, child care articles, and tableware to file a report with the Department. (click here for reporting requirements and forms)

NP/NPE

Chapter 883

  • Requires manufacturers using NP/NPE in household and commercial cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, and home maintenance products to file a report with the Department. (see reporting requirements and forms)

► Effected manufacturers are required to pay a fee to the Department. See Chapter 881 for more detail.

Reporting Deadline

Manufacturers must report by the deadline specified; however, if you are a manufacturer introducing a product that was not offered for sale at that time, you must file the applicable report with the Department within 30 days of the product being offered for sale in Maine.

If you are a manufacturer with questions about the applicability of this regulation, please contact Kerri Malinowski at (207) 215-1894.