WASHINGTON (March 29, 2010)—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun a series of actions to address the potential effects of Bisphenol A, a chemical used widely in the manufacture of epoxy resins, rubber-plastic blends and other materials.
The EPA's action plan on BPA concentrates on the chemical's environmental effects and will look to adding BPA to the agency's chemicals of concern, mandating environmental testing, according to an EPA press release.
A January 2010 warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prompted the BPA initiative, the EPA said. The FDA said it had concerns about the impact on human health of BPA, which is found in food packaging and baby bottles, and is pursuing action on that issue. Canada is moving toward a ban on BPA in baby bottles, the agency said..
Among other things, the EPA plans to require information on concentrations of BPA in surface water, ground water and drinking water, and also to require manufacturers to provide test data to assist the agency in evaluating the chemical's effects on growth, reproduction and development in aquatic organisms and wildlife, the agency said.
Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the EPA will evaluate the potential health consequences of BPA, especially in non-food-packaging areas that fall outside the FDA's authority but within the EPA's, the agency said.