Maine Board Of Environmental Protection To Consider
Rule To Phase-Out BPA In Baby & Toddler Food Packaging
On September 6th, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing to consider a rule to phase out the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) from baby and toddler foods.
This is our opportunity to present the facts to the 7 board members who will be voting on this rule. We need to show them that Maine parents, scientists, doctors, and people from all over the state support the rule for BPA-free food!
We know that the chemical industry will send in plenty of lobbyists attempting to persuade the Board to delay action on BPA. That's why we need your help to show overwhelming support for BPA-free food right now!
Please join us at the public hearing before the Board of Environmental Protection
Augusta Civic Center
2nd Floor in the Somerset Room
Thursday, September 6th, 12:15 p.m.
(meet @ 12:15 for a short press event, then join the hearing @ 1:00)
Make sure the Board of Environmental Protection hears from you before they vote! Whether or not you can make it to the hearing, please submit a personalized public comment in support of phasing out BPA from baby and toddler food to the Board of Environmental Protection.
You can send an email to:
Kerri Malinowski, Department of Environmental Protection
If you don't have time to submit an email or call before the hearing, don't worry. You may submit written comments any time through September 28th.
Comments should be directed to:
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017
Be sure to date and sign your comments and clearly indicate that the comments are for inclusion in the Department’s record on Chapter 882, Citizen Initiated Petition to Prohibit the Sale of Certain Children’s Products Containing BPA.
Last year Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a rule to phase out BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, and reusable containers. But most baby and toddler foods contain BPA right in the linings of cans and jars where it leaches into the food at hormone-disrupting levels linked to cancer, learning disabilities, early puberty in girls, and obesity.
Please help us win the campaign for BPA-free food by attending the public hearing if you can, and writing a public comment to the Board of Environmental Protection.