Maine's Governor Paul LePage has blithely dismissed the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical found in everything from cash register receipts to canned foods to baby bottles, claiming that he hasn't seen enough scientific evidence to support a ban on BPA in Maine. Despite LePage's claims to the contrary, there exists a long and ever-increasing number of widely-accepted scientific studies linking BPA with harm to the reproductive system, learning disabilities, breast and prostate cancer, early puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems.
After a public hearing in 2010, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted to ban BPA from reusable food and beverage containers (including baby bottles, sippy cups, and water bottles) beginning in 2012. But now Governor LePage has proposed rolling back Maine's Kid-Safe Products Law and the BPA ruling, and in doing so, risks the health and safety of Maine's children and families.
LePage's dismissal of the dangers of BPA and his intentions to roll back Maine's ban on the hormone-disrupting chemical, appear to be motivated by out-of-state pressures from the chemical industry, not from any concern for the health of Maine's residents or economy. By favoring corporate interests and ignoring enormous scientific consensus about the hazards of BPA, Governor LePage places the health and safety of Maine's children at risk.
Help keep children in Maine safe by telling the Maine's Environment and Natural Resource Committee to authorize final adoption of the BPA rule to phase out BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and other reusable beverage containers.
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