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The ABC’s of Bisphenol A (BPA)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

In February of this year I made a presentation about Bisphenol A (a known endocrine disruptor) to an environmental journalism class. I’m a scientist with an extensive background in biology and chemistry, but Bisphenol A was not my specific area of expertise, so I had to do quite a bit of reading to get up to speed on the topic. In the course of my research, I learned all about “regrettable substitutions,” or what a writer for the Environmental Defense Fund calls “swapping the devil you know for the devil you don’t.” __________ BPA [chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2] is a controversial “plasticizer” that is often added to paint, plastics, varnish and other substances to improve their texture. Polycarbonate plastics (used in many water bottles) and thermal paper (used as a color developer in point-of-sale receipts) often contain BPA. According to the Federal...

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The ABC’s of Bisphenol A (BPA)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

In February of this year I made a presentation about Bisphenol A (a known endocrine disruptor) to an environmental journalism class. I’m a scientist with an extensive background in biology and chemistry, but Bisphenol A was not my specific area of expertise, so I had to do quite a bit of reading to get up to speed on the topic. In the course of my research, I learned all about “regrettable substitutions,” or what a writer for the Environmental Defense Fund calls “swapping the devil you know for the devil you don’t.” __________ BPA [chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2] is a controversial “plasticizer” that is often added to paint, plastics, varnish and other substances to improve their texture. Polycarbonate plastics (used in many water bottles) and thermal paper (used as a color developer in point-of-sale receipts) often contain BPA. According to the Federal...

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