The Environmental Protection Agency, moving toward possible regulatory action on bisphenol A (BPA), announced that it is requesting public comment on its plan to study the chemical’s potential environmental impacts.
BPA is used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products, including epoxy paints and coatings. Releases of BPA to the environment exceed 1 million pounds per year, EPA says.
The request for public comment follows EPA’s announcement of a BPA “action plan” in March 2010, part of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s stated intent to strengthen the agency’s chemical management program. The agency said BPA has been shown to cause reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies.