Terra Verde

Terra Verde – March 30, 2007

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Ever heard of a chemical called Bisphenol-A? Manufacturers use it to make hard, clear, plastics. It’s in Nalgene-brand water bottles. It’s in the resin linings of food cans. It’s in the epoxies dentists use to seal teeth. It’s in most plastic baby bottles. And, according to the centers for disease control, it’s in the bodies of 19 out of 20 Americans.

Manufacturers of the chemical say that’s safe; environmental health advocates say it could be causing developmental damage. And the two will be debating each other when the California legislature takes up a new bill that would ban Bisphenol-A from children’s products.

On today’s Terra Verde, Brian Edwards-Tiekert moderates a debate between Sonya Lunder of the Environmental Working Group and Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council.