Legislation seeks limited ban on chemical (BPA) used in plastics.

by Nick

Excellent article today by Craig Welch, environment reporter for the Seattle Times.

As the headline suggests, the article lets everyone know about an upcoming vote:

“Perhaps as early as Friday, the state Senate is expected to vote on whether to fine manufacturers and retailers that make or sell baby bottles, sippy cups, and cans or jars of infant food that contain the chemical because of health concerns for young children. A similar measure passed the state House 95-1 this week.”

But he does more in the article. He gives a brief history of how scientists came to look at BPA more carefully, and traces the ongoing concerns of the public, and corresponding pushback of the chemical industry.

As he points out, in this battle between concerned customers and entrenched companies, the customers are finally winning.

While today’s battle is about BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, Welch points out there are plenty more skirmishes ahead, including one about BPA in the lining of canned foods and drinks.

You can read the full article here

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