On the Money

New Study Finds Hormone-Disrupting Chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) Rubs Off Onto Dollar Bills

Hartford — Calling it “invisible pollution that can’t be avoided even by the most conscientious consumer,” the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut (CSHC) pointed to a new study released today “On The Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts” that revealed that the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) was found on 95% of dollar bills collected for a study that set out to investigate the extent to which thermal receipt paper containing BPA has permeated the market, and whether the dangerous chemical is being transferred onto money that lies close to the receipts in consumer’s wallets.

“This is a perfect example of how much our state and our nation is in need of comprehensive reform,” said Mark Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., who provided the dollar bill sample from Connecticut. Founder and President of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice and a member of CSHC, Dr. Mitchell added, “Connecticut arguably has one of the strongest BPA laws in the nation and yet consumers are still not protected.”

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