September 30, 2011 by Christopher Keating
Environmental advocates are celebrating a new law that takes effect Saturday that bans a toxic chemical from use in certain children’s products.
The new law – the first in the nation – bans products containing bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used to harden plastic. As such, the chemical can no longer be used in reusable food and beverage containers, including containers of infant formula and baby food, reusable spill-proof cups, plastic sports bottles and Thermoses. The sports bottles sometimes carry the names of popular sports teams.
Signed by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009, the law did not take effect immediately as businesses were given time to sell off their inventory of products and then make new products in time for the new law.
The narrowly written measure focuses mainly on products that would be used by children as opposed to the broader general public. It covers reusable products and not on beverage containers, jars and cans that are designed to be thrown away after a single use.
Anne Hulick, a nurse and attorney who serves as coordinator at the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, said the state’s law is the broadest ban in the nation that has “served as a national model” on the issue. Read full story here.