Maine Governor wants BPA law scrapped

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January 27, 2011, 6:11 pm
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(NECN: Marnie MacLean) - One Maine mother calls it a slap in the face from the state's new Governor. Paul LePage has identified a list of laws he wants repealed. That includes one that bans a toxic chemical from many children's products.

Jasiah Taylor's mother is vigilant about what her son drinks, and the cups he drinks it from.  Her rule, no BPA, a chemical
once widely used in re-usable baby products like bottles and sippy cups.
The alliance for a clean and healthy Maine says BPA is a known hormone disruptor and can be linked to certain cancers,
learning disabilities and cause reproductive harm.

In 2008, Maine did pass a law with overhwelming bi-partisan support to protect children from toxic chemicals. This year, the Maine
board of Environmental Protection identified BPA as the first priority chemical to be banned, that rule is supposed to go into effect next January.

But as part of his regulatory reforms, Governor Paul Lepage has identified the BPA rule as one that needs to be scrapped.

The Governor's spokesman says this isn't about BPA, but about a flawed rule making process and an issue that should be handled by
federal agencies.

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