BPA-free plastics are even worse?

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Tell the EPA: Stop letting companies replace BPA with other toxic chemicals.

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"A new study has revealed that the chemicals replacing BPA in most of our plastics are just as bad or worse for us than BPA itself -- and all of them are especially dangerous for children. Stop letting companies replace one toxic chemical with another."

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Dear 5849376,

Worse than BPA?

In 2008, consumers across the country were outraged that the EPA was allowing the cancer-causing endocrine disruptor BPA in products for kids.

Thanks to the public outcry, plastic containers from sippy cups to Tupperware now offer BPA-free alternatives. Unfortunately, that victory isn't looking so great anymore.

New studies have found that many of those "BPA-free" plastics contain other chemicals that are just as bad -- or worse -- than BPA.1 These replacement chemicals not only affect brain and organ development in children but could even reprogram your cells to cause diseases generations down the line.2

Just as alarming, two years ago the EPA quietly withdrew rules that would classify plastic toxics like BPA and alternatives as "chemicals of concern," making them subject to more regulation.3 Now that we have even more evidence about the dangers of estrogenic chemicals in plastics, it's time for the EPA to finally protect us from their dangers, not keep sweeping them under the rug.

Tell the EPA: Protect us from dangerous plastics chemicals like BPA and its replacements.

The real problem here is the deeply flawed and outdated 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which gets our safety standards backward by presuming that chemicals are safe until proven otherwise. That's why more than 80,000 chemicals are approved for use but have never been tested for their effects on our health.4

This results in a dangerous "toxic shell game" where corporations that are under pressure to remove chemicals known to be dangerous from their products simply replace them with less-well-known ones, which may turn out to be just as dangerous.

Unfortunately, congressional action is required to change the Toxic Substances Control Act. That's highly unlikely in this Congress.

But the EPA can step in right now and ensure that chemical companies can't keep swapping one toxic chemical for another. One of the rules the EPA withdrew two years ago would have closed a major loophole that lets companies keep the results of their health and safety studies private by claiming they contain "confidential business information." That information needs to be public so that the EPA can begin to evaluate which chemicals are safe and which need to be regulated or removed from the market.

Tell the EPA: Don't let chemical companies put toxins in the plastics our families use.

Our public pressure was enough to make a major dent in the use of BPA. Unfortunately that was just a bandaid on a larger problem. And the EPA can take the first step right now to protect our health from all dangerous plastics chemicals.

Thanks for standing up for our safety.

Charlie Furman
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

  1. "Detection of Estrogenic Activity in Plastic Cups and Plates". Guochun He and Michael Denison. University of California, Davis. January 28, 2014.
  2. "The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics". Mariah Blake. Mother Jones. March 3, 2014.
  3. "EPA withdraws draft rules on BPA, PBDEs". Jeremy Carroll. Plastics News. September 20, 2013.
  4. "What is TSCA?". Safer Chemicals. Accessed March 10, 2014.

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