Maine House votes to ban chemical additive BPA

Posted April 08, 2011, at 11:27 a.m.
Last modified April 08, 2011, at 3:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House weighed in on a long-simmering debate over children’s products safety and voted to ban a chemical found in some plastic consumer products.

Representatives voted 145-3 Thursday for a bill to phase out BPA and include it as a priority chemical in Maine’s Kids Safe Product Act.

Federal health agencies say research shows cause for concern over the chemical’s potential effect on children, but the federal government has not banned the chemical from baby bottles or infant formula.

In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage’s administration initially dismissed concerns about BPA and the governor had said he would veto a ban on it. But he has since backed off and took a neutral stance at a legislative hearing on the BPA bill.

A number of states, including Massachusetts, have banned BPA.

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