Thursday, March 5, 2009

Giant baby bottle visits Olympia to support toxic ban

House members today passed HB 1180, a bill lawmakers have been referring to as the "baby bottle bill."

The bill seeks to ban the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups and other children’s food containers.

The Washington Toxics Coalition traveled to Olympia today with dozens of members and a very large bottle to a rally in support of the bill. They report that "BPA is a synthetic sex hormone that research links to health effects, including cancer, miscarriage, obesity, reproductive problems, and hyperactivity... Research also shows exposure to BPA puts girls at an increased risk of breast cancer."

Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson sponsored the bill, which the House just approved 76-21. HB 1180 now heads to the Senate, and we'll see whether the Toxics Coalition has to bring the giant baby bottle back for round 2.