Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill which will ban the harmful chemical bisphenol A from plastic baby bottles and cups. The chemical, known commonly as BPA, leaches into food and liquids from plastic containers and can be harmful to children's development. BPA has been also been linked to reproductive disorders in humans, fish and aquatic life due to its estrogen-mimicking properties.
The bill, AB 1319, was authored by Democrat Assemblywoman Betsy Butler of Marina Del Rey. It's passage makes California the 11th state to restrict the use of BPA, and similar laws exist in the European Union and Canada. Baykeeper supports the ban of this toxic substance and would like to see its use further restricted to ensure the health of humans and wildlife.