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Grow a Virtual Little Beard

The sovereign nation of Facebook has declared tomorrow to be Little Beard Day, which means that at noon all Mainers, but especially women, are encouraged to construct and wear fake beards in response to Governor LePage's deplorable comments about the toxic effects of BPA.

If you'd rather celebrate this holiday in a virtual way, feel free to use this app to add a fake beard to your facebook or twitter profile photo.

The Science Behind the Ban on BPA

The science is clear: Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor linked to a staggering number of health problems, including learning disabilities, behavior problems, breast and prostate cancer, reproductive damage, early puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity and other health problems. You may notice that little beards is not on this laundry list of serious health consequences resulting from exposure to BPA.

Unfortunately, the science is not clear to all. I’m sure you’ve already heard about Governor LePage’s dismissal of the dangers of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). He asserted, “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.” This comment is both inaccurate about the effects of BPA exposure and fails to give credence to this serious problem.

I am not scientist, but I trust the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention when they caution against the use of BPA in consumer products. In a 2010 report, The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated: Read more »

Report Supports Maine BPA Ban

Members of the Toxics Action Center gathered in Portland this morning to release a report on the scientific evidence supporting a statewide ban on the chemical Bisphenol A or BPA.

A ban is being considered by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection under the auspices of Maine's new toxic chemical control law, the Kids-Safe Products Act. The law gives the BEP the ability to identify and prioritize toxic chemicals based on their danger to human health and the environment and then phase out their use in consumer products. More at the Press Herald.