AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine environmental regulators have put off a decision on whether to expand a proposed ban on a chemical used to harden plastics in some food containers and hundreds of other household items.
A proposal before the Board of Environmental Protection would ban bisphenol-A in baby bottles and sippy cups. The board on Thursday discussed expanding the proposal to also include packaging for infant formula and baby food but did not vote. It did, however, request a study of safer alternatives to bisphenol-A, or BPA, be completed within six months.
Supporters of the expanded ban say a number of scientific studies show BPA is a dangerous hormone-disrupting chemical linked to cancer, learning disabilities and obesity.
Federal health agencies say more study is needed.