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[greenyes] Polycarbonate and Bisphenol A


I sent around some information a while ago about Bisphenol A, a nasty
chemical that leaches from polycarbonate-- a rigid plastic commonly used in
certain types of bottles, including, frighteningly enough, baby bottles.
Here's more information:



Something a bit different?

Resources on Bisphenol A and Pharmaceuticals in the environment.

Environmental Media Services last week held a teleconference on health risks
of bisphenol A for reporters, featuring Dr. Fred vom Saal and Dr. George
Lucier. Audio files are now available on line via this url:

http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/NewScience/oncompounds/bisphenola/2005/2005-0
413vomsaalandhughes.htm

Here's a brief description of the page:

A review of scientific research on a plastic molecule detectable in 95% of
Americans links exposures at very low doses to a wide range of health
problems. Bisphenol A, the basic building block of polycarbonate plastic,
alters development of the reproductive tract, the immune system, increases
prostate tumor proliferation, changes brain chemistry and structure and
affects an array of behaviors, including hyperactivity. Of 11 studies of the
compound's effects at low doses, none funded by industry reported impacts.
In contrast, 94 out of 104 government-funded studies found effects. Includes
audio files of an international teleconference on this paper. ---

Also ­
13 April Study cites risk of compound in plastic bottles. Evidence is
mounting that a chemical in plastic that is one of the world's most widely
used industrial compounds may be risky in the small amounts that seep from
bottles and food packaging, according to a report to be published this week
in a scientific journal. Los Angeles Times, California.
Science Byte: A review of scientific research on a plastic molecule
detectable in 95% of Americans links exposures at very low doses to a wide
range of health problems. Bisphenol A, the basic building block of
polycarbonate plastic, in animal experiments alters development of the
reproductive tract, the immune system, increases prostate tumor
proliferation, changes brain chemistry and structure and affects an array of
behaviors, including hyperactivity. Of 11 studies of the compound's effects
at low doses, none funded by industry reported impacts. In contrast, 94 out
of 104 government-funded studies found effects. EHP.

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment:

A national list serve for people who want to discuss the issue of
pharmaceuticals in the environment has been formed. If
you are interested in joining, please go to:
http://lists.dep.state.fl.us/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/pharmwaste

Also - a link to a website developed by Ake Wennmalm from the Stockholm
County Council. They have prioritized pharmaceuticals in the environment as
an issue of concern.
http://www.janusinfo.se/imcms/servlet/GetDoc?meta_id=7236


Myriam Laura Beaulne
Biologist and Environmental Health Organizer
Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow



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