Group Documents Dangers Of BPA

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An environmental group in Maine has released a report it says documents the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A (BIS'-fen-ahl).

The Toxics Action Center released the report in Portland on Wednesday, eight days before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection holds a public hearing on a proposed rule calling for a ban on the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in reusable food and beverage containers.

The report is a compilation of studies published between January and July. According to the report, 75 of the 81 studies that were looked at indicated that BPA is associated with a number of health problems ranging from diabetes and memory loss to liver damage and cancer.

BPA is commonly used in making plastics shatterproof and to line food cans.

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