Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Toxicity Testing and Environmental Sampling For BPA

As a follow up to the BPA Action Plan released in March 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling to study BPA’s potential environmental impacts. Comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) must be received on or before September 26, 2011.

BPA is used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer and industrial products including food-can liners, hard polycarbonate plastics, epoxy paints and coatings, and thermal papers, including some cash register receipts. In January 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would further examine potential human health effects and reduce exposure to BPA in the food supply, which represents the greatest potential source of exposure to people. EPA, FDA, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are currently studying ways to better determine and evaluate the potential health consequences of BPA exposures. At the conclusion of that research, EPA will determine if additional actions may be needed to address human health concerns from non-food use exposures.

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