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About a dozen people employed a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby bottle as a backdrop on Friday, March 25, 2011, as they held a press conference outside of the State House to urge lawmakers to ban the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in reusable beverage containers. A legislative committee is holding a public hearing on the proposed ban on Friday afternoon.

BPA ban endorsed by legislative committee

  AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a plan to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, on Friday in what some supporters are describing as a significant policy defeat for the LePage administration. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee’s vote followed weeks of vocal backlash against Gov. …