Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Action in Maine to eliminate Bisphenol-A (BPA) from consumer products
Key Discussion Points:
a) In 2008 Maine passed the Kids Safe Products Act. In 2010, Maine passed a law banning the hormone disrupting plastic additive, BPA, from baby bottles, sippy cups and other reusable plastic containers.
b) Maine law also now requires baby food manufacturers to list whether BPA is used in their container lids. Not all companies are complying, though BPA is present. It is also used in the lining of food cans. Citizen movement is pushing for further action on BPA.
c) The LePage Administration, who has vigorously opposed action on BPA, demoted of Department of Environmental Protection employee, Andrea Lani, for testifying at a legislative hearing in defense of strong BPA protections. Lani just won a settlement against the state, but no longer holds he position overseeing the Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products Programs.
Guest: Mike Belliveau, exc. director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, www.preventharm.org, founding organizational member of Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, www.cleanandhealthyme.org
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