Great news is coming from New York State today, as a unanimous vote in the New York Legislature has a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) headed toward Governor David Paterson's desk.
If signed, the ban will require that baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and straws sold in the state of New York be BPA-free.
BPA is a ubiquitous chemical that is known to cause health effects including impaired brain and reproductive development in unborn babies, miscarriage in pregnant women, diabetes, obesity and cancer. It is of particular concern in children, as it is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to behavioral impacts and problems with development.
The vote in the New York Legislature is the newest in a series of state votes which prove bipartisan support for protecting children from toxic chemicals like BPA. Across the country, legislators on both sides of the political aisle are hearing their constituents: we want harmful chemicals like BPA out of our lives, and we want our children to be protected.
It is now up to Governor Paterson to pass this bill into law.
"Protecting children from unneccessary exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA is a policy for which so many of us have fought so hard for so long, we're thrilled to be celebrating this victory. But we're not there yet. Governor Paterson must sign this into law, or all of the hard work on the part of legislators, advocates and parents has been wasted. We strongly urge him to do so."
Kathy Curtis, Policy Director for Clean New York
You can read more about the passage of the BPA bill at JustGreen Partnership.
The New York legislative session has been a productive one for health advocates in the state. The Child Safe Products Act which will promote safer alternatives to priority chemicals is making its way through committee, and a Deca-BDE bill may be passed.
New York has also passed a landmark e-waste law which will mandate free programs to allow for recycling of products like computers, printers, and other electronics. This law will help to prevent toxic chemicals in e-waste from leaching out of landfills into drinking water or being released into the air from solid waste incinerators. It will also provide an incentive for electronics producers to make products that are more durable, more easily recyclable, and less toxic.