On Friday, Maine became the 9th state to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers. Support for the bill was bipartisan, with the House of Representatives voting 145 to 3 and the Senate voting unanimously.
The ban becomes law without Governor Paul LePage’s signature — he neither signed nor vetoed it in the ten days after the vote.
A former aide to LePage now represents the toy industry and had advised him to kill the ban. LePage eloquently expressed his opposition to the bill, stating:
“There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem. The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.” (link)
The ban goes into effect January 1, 2012. Congratulations, Maine!