Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2011)
The following can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D.,
Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group
of the American Chemistry Council, in response to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on bisphenol A (BPA) posted in today's Federal Register.
"BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today, with a safety track record spanning 50 years. The effects of BPA on the environment have been widely studied and it has been demonstrated that BPA is readily biodegradable-meaning it breaks down rapidly and does not linger in the environment-and does not bioaccumulate. Recent comprehensive assessments conducted in Europe and Japan concluded that BPA is not a risk to the environment as it is currently used.
"Today's procedural announcement from EPA does not propose any specific testing for BPA, but rather seeks public input on scientific questions about environmental exposures and potential effects. Based on input from this routine process, EPA will assess whether any additional information or testing is needed."
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