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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 07:58 AM
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Chemical Lobby Gets Its Way in U.S. Senate
from the Environmental Working Group:



Chemical Lobby Gets Its Way in U.S. Senate
Last-Minute Calls to Republicans Scuttle Bi-Partisan Agreement to Ban BPA from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

* CONTACT: EWG Public Affairs, (202) 667-6982
* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2010


Washington, D.C. For several years now, Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been warning of the risks associated with bisphenol A (BPA) especially the BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and cans of infant formula. EWG has also been a leader in trying to get state and federal agencies to regulate this hazardous chemical.

Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), there was briefly a deal this week after months of negotiations to include some regulation of BPA in a food safety bill that will probably pass the Senate soon after Thanksgiving. The deal, agreed to by leading Republicans and trade associations, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, would have banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups in six months, directed FDA to finalize its assessment of the safety of BPA by December 2012 and protected the right of states to take even stronger action.

Then the American Chemistry Council (ACC) swooped in with last minute objections. The Councils lobbyists whispered in enough Republican senators ears, and the agreement was scrapped. The chemical makers trade group has spent millions of dollars over the last few years to fight regulation of BPA across the country.

Despite the Councils richly funded efforts, environmental and health advocates have had successes on the BPA front. At least seven states have now passed laws to regulate the chemical in one way or another. Canada has declared BPA toxic and banned it in baby bottles; Denmark and Germany have also acted. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.ewg.org/release/chemical-lobby-gets-its-way-...



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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 08:18 AM
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1. And I just read that Europe banned this...nice to know we're behind the
curve on yet another issue.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 08:34 AM
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2. The "Chemical Lobby:" Poisoning our children one sip at a time.
Edited on Fri Nov-26-10 08:34 AM by ixion
Hurray.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 09:11 AM
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3. So why are WE paying for these items?
enough people stop buying them here, that should send a message.
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 02:20 PM
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4. I expect the chemical lobby will just toss them in the ocean
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jeff47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 09:58 PM
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5. Yes, this problem is easily solved in the marketplace.
Don't want BPA? Don't buy it. There's plenty of people out there putting "BPA Free!!" on their products.
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