Oct 4 Discussion

October 4, 2007 at 9:17 pm 1 comment

Present: Laura Bradley, Look Tobin, Emily Justusson, Cameron Kellett, Alan Shusterman

We discussed recent research into the health effects of bisphenol A, an ingredient in polycarbonate plastics. Some of the issues we talked about:

  • endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • leaching of bisphenol A from polycarbonate plastics
  • persistence of bisphenol A in the human body and in the environment
  • possible health impacts of bisphenol A and their relationship to mode of exposure and dose
  • experimental difficulties in studying health impacts of bisphenol A in test animals and transferring these results to humans
  • how synthetic chemicals are regulated by Congress and by federal agencies
  • role of scientists in regulation of synthetic chemicals

The on-line articles that were posted previously on this topic are especially interesting because they present 1) the industry view (Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group), 2) the view of scientists who are especially worried about endocrine disrupting chemicals (Our Stolen Future), and 3) the difficulties that government-supported panels have in making firm scientific conclusions. This last item was covered in C&E News on Sept 3, 2007. Since the latter article is password-protected, I will email a copy of the article to project members.

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Next meeting Oct 4, Th, noon Green Plastic?

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