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WASHINGTON — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an action plan to address the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer and industrial products, according to a press release.
EPA will test the environmental impacts of BPA and will consider adding it to its list of chemicals of concern, the release stated.
In January 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had some concerns about the potential human health impacts of BPA and it would look for ways to reduce exposure to BPA in food packaging, according to the release.
“We share FDA’s concern about the potential health impacts from BPA,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “Both EPA and FDA, and many other agencies are moving forward to fully assess the environmental and health impacts to ensure that the full range of BPA’s possible impacts are examined.”
The action plan will require information on concentrations of BPA in surface water, ground water and drinking water to determine if BPA may be present at levels of potential concern, the release stated.
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