Archive for February, 2011

A message to Maine’s Governor Paul LePage

Let’s not take steps backwards towards protecting our loved ones.  Toxic chemicals do not belong in our childrens’ plastic bottles and sippy cups or anything else humans eat or drink from.  Poisoning Mainers is not the way to balance our budget or create new business.  We don’t want businesses in Maine that hurt people or our environment.  Tell Governor Paul LePage that we do not want bisphenol A!

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The following message is taken from Environmental Working Group

Dear Friend,

BPA is no joke. 

Send Governor LePage the real science today!


It’s unbelievable that with all that we know about bisphenol A, Maine Governor Paul LePage is justifying his opposition to banning the chemical from baby bottles by making a lame joke.

The Bangor Daily News quotes Gov. LePage as saying: “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.”

Little beards? Gov. LePage seems to have missed the more than 200 studies linking this plastics component and synthetic estrogen to serious health problems such as prostate and breast cancer, infertility, early puberty and brain and heart disorders. He also apparently missed the research showing serious and lasting changes in the brains and bodies of fetal and newborn test animals. EWG plans to send Gov. LePage information about the latest research on the dangers of BPA. Will you join us?

Thank you for standing with EWG and putting sound science before punchlines.

Sincerely,

Ken Cook
President, EWG Action Fund

 

Here is an update on the BPA ban for Maine….. HOORAY MAINERS!!!!

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff
Posted April 22, 2011, at 3:24 p.m.
Last modified April 23, 2011, at 8:02 a.m.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s ban against products made with the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.  Because Gov. Paul LePage has neither signed nor vetoed the measure in the ten days since it garnered near-unanimous support from Maine lawmakers, it will become law 90 days after the legislative session adjourns on June 15.

Under a process laid out by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection and strongly endorsed by the Maine Legislature, manufacturers of reusable food and beverage containers will be prohibited from selling products made with BPA in Maine beginning next January.

Legislators endorsed the ban earlier this month with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a 145-3 vote in the House. The bill then was sent to the governor’s office to be signed by LePage, who had expressed opposition to the measure and drew broad criticism for joking that BPA poses little threat to public health, except possibly promoting the growth of “little beards” on women.

In a growing body of scientific evidence, exposure to BPA is associated with learning disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancer and obesity. Because the chemical can mimic or disrupt hormones, critics claim it is especially dangerous for children.

BPA is used in many manufacturing processes, including products designed for use by children, such as baby bottles and easy-to-hold “sippy cups.” It also is used in the lining of most metal food cans. Studies have shown that the chemical leaches into food and beverages with which it comes in contact.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said Friday that the governor’s office would have no comment on the BPA ban.