I'm sure you've already heard about Governor LePage's dismissal of the dangers of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA).
Governor LePage said: "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 worst case is some women may have little beards.”
Really. He did.
You can read the story here.
The story has been picked up by hundreds of media outlets across the country. Facebook is buzzing with concerns about what his stance means for Maine's Kids-Safe Products lawl. And, my Twitter feed is ... well, all-a-twitter.
Here's the back story: Maine has recommended that BPA be listed as a priority chemical to be replaced with safer alternatives because BPA exposure is linked to a staggering array of health problems. There is a long and ever increasing number of scientific studies linking BPA endocrine disrupting qualities to harm to the reproductive system, learning disabilities, breast and prostate cancer, and early puberty in girls.
You get where I'm going with this, right?
Maine people have time and again stood up and said we want protection against these dangerous chemicals in the products that kids use. We don't want them in our baby's bottles or sippy cups. Maine's Kid-Safe Products Law passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
No Maine business testified in opposition to the bill in 2008.
Now, Governor LePage - with his 'beard' comment and his proposal to roll back the Kid-Safe Products Law and the BPA rule - is putting the health of Maine kids and families in jeopardy.
Well, this isn't funny.
Policy decisions must be made on the basis of sound science and information, not hearsay and anecdotes. Write to Governor LePage right now and tell him to keep BPA out of our bodies.
Please, take action right now - and then share on Facebook and Twitter - we cannot reverse years of scientific research and thoughtful public health protections.
Please send a message to Governor LePage right now.