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Breaking: California to vote on BPA ban today

If I find out there's BPA in this bottle, I'm going to throw a tantrum like you've never seen before.The California State Assembly today will vote soon on a bill to protect our most vulnerable residents -- babies and toddlers -- from Bisphenol-A (BPA), a harmful chemical in their food and drink containers. Assembly Bill 1319, the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act, would ban the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups, infant formula, and baby food. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Betsy Butler (D), which was passed by both the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee …

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Coke, BPA, and the limits of ‘green capitalism’

Don't drink the Coca-Cola Kool-AidPhoto: Oleg Sklyanchuk"Coca-Cola goes green," announced a 2010 Forbes article. Indeed, the beverages giant maintains partnerships with Big Green groups like Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund. It recently even completed its takeover of Honest Tea, an organic bottled-tea company. It would clearly like to be seen as a paragon of "green capitalism" -- the idea that doing good and doing well go hand in hand. Let's put aside questions over what can possibly be "green" about a business model geared to sucking in huge amounts of drinking water, blasting it with what are probably toxic …

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Coca-Cola adds BPA to list of ways it doesn’t care about your health

Did you hear? The science around BPA -- a substance that the government of Canada has declared "toxic" and has banned in baby bottles -- "just isn't there," according to the CEO of Coca-Cola. If this kind of through-the-looking glass denial of science sounds familiar, it's because it's happened before, with tobacco and climate change and Obama’s birth certificate. The message delivered to the one-quarter of Coca-Cola shareholders who recently voted to remove BPA from the lining of cans of Coke, as well as the millions of people who drink the stuff, is that the Coca-Cola company would rather endanger …

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Maine governor on BPA: ‘Worst case is that some women may have little beards’

Image: JMS BoggioPaul LePage, governor of Maine, is pretty confident that nothing can harm him as long as he doesn't know sh*t about dick. Here's his scientific assessment of the dangers of plastic additive bisphenol A: "Quite frankly, the science that I'm looking at says there is no [problem]," LePage said. "There hasn't been any science that identifies that there is a problem." LePage then added: "The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the …

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Did you have to let it linger?

BP’s oil: still causing trouble in the Gulf

BP's vast oil spill may be out of the headlines, but its oil isn't out of the Gulf. Reports the Associated Press: Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a scientist's video and slides that demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor. Showing slides of the devastation at the sea bottom at a conference, the scientist, Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia, described the scene in blunt terms: "This is Macondo oil on the bottom ... This is dead …

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Failure to ban BPA leading to impotence in U.S. congressmen (probably)

The irony train rolled into town with a 10 ton load of payback today: The cafe where nearly 200 members of Congress could get their daily joe is spewing receipts lousy with toxic chemical BPA. The chemical's been banned in Canada and California for, among other things, causing impotence. More importantly, the study is the fourth to show that the powdered BPA coating most cash register receipts rubs off onto skin readily, and is even steadily contaminating our money supply. • An attempt to add a ban on BPA to the food safety bill was shot down by members of …

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Grinding it out

Industry groups putting the screws to senators over food-safety bill amendments

May we see your HAACP paperwork?Photo: Cowgirl JulesThe latex gloves are coming off on the sausage-making of S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Senate has voted 74 to 25 for cloture, which starts the 60-day clock for a vote in the full Senate and the amendment process. Two very important amendments to the bill are currently the subject of fierce lobbying by industry. We've already extensively discussed the Tester-Hagan amendment, which would exempt small and very small farms and food processing businesses (defined as those that make under a certain amount of money, and that earn at least …

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BPA is bad for your semen, and other news about our favorite endocrine disruptor

WTF are Cruskits, anyway?: BPA is found not only in canned goods, but also in plastic food packaging and cash-register receipts. Photo: Andrew ScottSomething tells me that Congress will not be banning your favorite endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A anytime soon, even though Canada has. Just a theory. But while the political prospects for BPA's demise are dropping, the scientific landslide of data set off by recent revelations and press reports regarding the chemical rolls on. In news that hits a guy where it hurts, scientists from Kaiser Permanente showed that men with higher levels of BPA exposure were two to four …

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It ain't so

Most products claiming to be green are living in sin

A new survey says 95 percent of labels with "green" claims are misleading.Photo: xrrrOf course you can't believe everything you read on labels, especially when it comes to green claims. But the BS is a lot more rampant than even the cynic in me suspected.    Because we say so:  A new survey by TerraChoice, the environmental marketing firm, concludes that more than 95 percent of the "green" products it analyzed were guilty of at least one sin of greenwashing. The bogus promises are particularly bad when it comes to toys and baby products -- TerraChoice found that 100 percent of …

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10 enviro achievers honored with Heinz Awards

Grist founder and prez Chip Giller was one of 10 winners of the prestigious Heinz Award last year. He marked the occasion in typically decorous fashion (ahem). Today, Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced this year's 10 Heinz Award winners, and again they're an illustrious crew. The honorees work in a wide variety of disciplines, but they're all tackling the big environmental challenges of our times.  Congrats to the winners! James Balog, of Extreme Ice Survey, for his dramatic use of photography to document the devastation of global warming. Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri, …