EPA Declares BPA “Chemical of Concern”

Published: 31 March 2010
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

Declaring it a “chemical of concern,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced that it is mounting an investigation of the environmental effects of bisphenol A (BPA). The EPA will require industry to conduct testing of the chemical related to its effects on aquatic animals and other wildlife. It also will require some monitoring of drinking water supplies. The EPA’s announcement comes two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shifted its stance and announced a similar investigation of BPA in food and beverage packaging. Most human exposure to BPA, an ingredient of polycarbonate plastic, comes from plastic bottles and canned foods. Animal tests show that BPA is an estrogen-like chemical that causes reproductive and developmental effects. In humans, BPA is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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