UpdateCalifornia may hold another BPA ban vote

10 September 2009 16:33  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The California state Assembly could vote on Thursday whether to ban bisphenol A (BPA), after assembly members in favour of the bill failed to gather enough yes votes for a decisive victory the day before.

On first balloting, the legislative bill garnered 31 votes in favour of its passage, with 29 against the bill and 19 abstained from voting.

A second round of balloting later in the day yielded 35 votes in favour and 31 against. A bill needs at least 41 yes votes to pass in the Assembly.

Deborah Hoffman, communications director for state Senator Fran Pavley, who wrote the bill, said the Assembly is now deciding its next step.

“The bill is now on call, which means it is on hold. Depending on what happens, we can either put the bill on call again [Thursday] for one final chance, or we may decide against that and will then bring the bill back next year,” Hoffman said.

California was trying to pass a bill that will ban BPA in children’s sippy cups, baby bottles and similar goods marketed toward children aged 3 and younger.

There were various studies linking BPA to heart disease, cancer and reproductive problems.

If the bill passes, California would be the third and largest state in the US to implement the BPA ban.

The chemical, a building block for polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins, is found in a myriad of products. PC makers have said the goods falling under the ban make up about 5% of their total market.

Minnesota and Connecticut as well as several cities and counties imposed their own BPA bans earlier this year.

The six largest baby bottle manufacturers in the US promised to stop selling products containing BPA, as did several retailers, including Wal-Mart.

But establishing the ban in California - the largest state economy in the US - was particularly contentious. The Assembly voted against the ban in September 2008, only to see the state Senate pass it in August 2009.

The American Chemistry Council, Grocery Manufacturers Association and International Formula Council opposed the ban, saying more study is needed on BPA’s health effects.

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By: Ben Lefebvre
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