Maine Voices: Maine needs leaders in Washington to support the Safe Chemicals Act

An outdated federal law should be modernized for the safety of people here and all over the nation. By LISA POHLMANN 

AUGUSTA - Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," published 50 years ago in 1962, was the spark that ignited America's environmental movement.

Carson had spent the previous two decades on Southport Island in Maine, researching and writing along the rugged shores she loved.

Her resounding message in "Silent Spring" was that the land, water and all living creatures were in danger from the widespread application of toxic pesticides.

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