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Case Study:

Making Maine-Shipped Products Safer

Mahoney Jackson was retained by CHEP, the world’s largest pooler of shipping pallets, in support of legislation proposing to ban the toxic chemical Decabromine from plastic pallets. Opposing the legislation was a rival pallet-maker that utilized the chemical as a flame retardant. Also heavily involved in the legislation were Maine’s environmental advocacy groups. Following an intensive process before the Legislature’s Environment & Natural Resources Committee, involving multiple worksessions and extensive negotiations, the Committee unanimously endorsed a multiyear phase-out of Decabromine from pallets.

On behalf of our client, Mahoney Jackson worked closely with the environmental community and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to achieve the result our client desired. A year later, a bill was introduced aimed at unraveling the ban. Once again, Mahoney Jackson was brought aboard and worked with many of the stakeholders towards a rewrite of the bill that preserved its original intent.

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