On Tuesday, March 15th, five Oregon Senators from the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hear opinions about whether to ban toxic BPA (Bisphenol-A) from children’s food and drink containers.
This is an important first step in moving Oregon toward first recognizing the harmful health effects of BPA on our children’s health that could spread that recognition and action both to other states and also to other products.
The intent is that recognizing the toxic effects of BPA on human health will ensure a desire on behalf of our society and legislators to enact limits on this hormone-disrupting chemical. It has been a fight to get this recognition, largely due to the astounding amounts of money (and scare tactics) that the industry uses to keep the lid on just how bad BPA really is. And maybe because a ban seems reactionary, or overwhelming, or government overreaching.
Whatever the reason, it has been a long road to get here. But here we are and everyone needs to do their part.
Here is what you can do, whether you live in Oregon or not. Here is a real chance to make a difference now. Do your part here and it WILL spread.
- Read up on BPA and the upcoming Oregon legislation for yourself.
- Join BPA-Free Oregon on Facebook.
- Sign Oregon Environmental Council’s petition for the Oregon BPA-free baby campaign.
- Write to your Oregon state legislators and urge them to support SB 695 (which is hearing public testimony March 15th) and HB 3258.
- Submit public testimony to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee. Written testimony is due by noon on March 14th. Oral testimony can be given at 3-5pm at the public hearing at the State Capitol Building after written testimony is submitted.
Describe in your own words why you are concerned about BPA in food and drink
containers. Speak from your role as a consumer, a parent, a citizen of Oregon. You don’t
need to be a professional, manufacturer or health expert–lawmakers need to hear why
their constituents want them to act.
Senator Jackie Dingfelder, members of the Senate Environment and Natural
My name is (YOUR NAME HERE) and I am here to speak as a citizen of Oregon. I
strongly support Senate Bill 695, and act to create an unlawful practice of manufacturing,
distributing, selling or offering for sale child’s beverage container, container of infant
formula or reusable bottle made or lined with bisphenol A or replacement mmaterial that is
carcinogenic or is reproductive toxicant.
Why you are concerned:
Why you believe Oregon should act now:
Any other things you think the committee should know:
I support the goals of SB 695 and urge members of the committee to vote in favor of this
bill. Thank you.
PHONE AND EMAIL
Will you join me to ban BPA in children’s food and drink containers in Oregon?