BPA Ban in Maine
By Consumers Union on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Governor LePage came under national scrutiny for his casual attitude about the harmful effects of BPA stating, “The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.” These comments, which ignore hundreds of studies linking BPA to a wide variety of health problems such as breast and prostate cancer, infertility, and development disorders, incited a backlash from public health groups, researchers and policy makers. (As a side note, his statement also ignores basic biology as well – estrogen imparts feminine, not masculine characteristics.)
In reaction to the BPA phase out, the chemical industry is seeking major changes to the Kid-Safe Products Act that would make it easy to rescind the BPA ban at a later date. Negotiations in the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources are going on now about a bill that would gut the law. Consumers Union is urging defeat of any changes that would undermine the action just taken to ban BPA in children’s products.
Maine’s BPA ban has received broad bipartisan support, passing unanimously in the Senate and almost unanimously in the House. CU applauds Maine for joining eight other states that have taken positive steps to protect its youngest citizens from exposure to BPA.