AUGUSTA  — Maine has new rules to protect the public, especially children, from toxic chemicals in consumer products and toys.

The Board of Environmental Protection unanimously adopted the final regulations last week. The board’s action implements a chemical policy law enacted in 2008 by the Legislature.

The law required the Department of Environmental Protection to create and regularly update a database of chemicals that they’ve determined to be unsafe. That step was completed last July when the DEP released a list identifying 1,300 chemicals.

For more information and to search for chemicals of high concern (CHC) go to the CHC website.