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Kid-Safe Products Act

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 »

Sippy Cups vs. Jobs - A False Choice

While many Mainers were enjoying a romantic and chocolate-laden Valentine's Day, hundreds of their neighbors spent the day at the State House, where the Regulatory Fairness & Reform Committee met from 9 am until nearly 7 pm taking testimony on LD 1 and the Governor's Phase 1 regulatory reform plan, including a 48-page amendment that was handed to the Committee during the public hearing. The testimony was overwhelmingly in opposition to the Governor's plan, echoing what we heard at 7 regional hearings over the past 3 weeks - watch the videos here.

On Monday, the Committee heard from the Governor's legal counsel, Dan Billings, who made it clear that while several of the most controversial rollbacks in in Phase 1 were left out of the amendment (for example, the Kids-Safe Products Act, banning Bis-A from sippy cups, clean air protections, eliminating LURC and zoning 3 million acres for development), Governor LePage has NOT backed away from these rollbacks and will be supporting legislation to implement them as we go forward. Read more »