More plastic bans


This time in the name of human health – children’s health to boot. That always markets better than all that “environment” mumbo-jumbo. Granted, we live in a land that does not even provide all of its children health insurance.

A bill to create a statewide ban on plastic bottles and children’s cups that contain what some call a toxic chemical soon will enter the Legislature, thanks in part to a central Wisconsin lawmaker.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, plans to introduce the legislation, known as the BPA-Free Kids Act, which already has garnered the support of 30 state lawmakers.

If the researchers are to be believed, the chemical contributes to about every recent American phenomenon, perhaps even divorce:

Bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA, mimics the effects of estrogen and can leach from the containers into beverages. Some researchers have linked the chemical with breast and testicular cancer, diabetes, hyperactivity, obesity, low sperm counts and miscarriage.

WISPIRG chimes in on the matter, but what about CFACT?

Lassa and co-author, state Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, are working with the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, which advocates safe children’s products.

“Parents shouldn’t have to be chemists to know whether or not their kids are safe,” group spokesman Bruce Speight said. “This is a critically important bill that we should enact.”


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