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BPA Update


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Bisphenol-A or BPA may soon hit the list of known toxins under California's Proposition 65, the law that lets state regulators restrict the use of toxic chemicals and require warnings on product labels. A couple of other states have already banned BPA, and a bill co-authored by Senator Diane Feinstein would ban BPA from a wide range of containers nationwide. The chemical is widely thought to cause birth defects at high levels of exposure -- and it's everywhere in food and drink containers. As the issue gains political momentum, we consider the science and the practical steps people and companies are taking to go BPA-free.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Gardner Harris, journalist covering health issues for The New York Times
  • Jenn Sass, senior scientist in the Natural Resources Defense Council's health and environment program
  • Lindsey Layton, reporter covering food safety and toxic chemicals for The Washington Post
  • Meg Schwarzman, research scientist at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Berkeley, family physician and co-author of the 2008 report to Cal EPA on green chemistry
  • Nancy Skinner, California assemblywoman representing the Bay Area's 14th Assembly District (D, Berkeley)

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