Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Goal: Don’t allow use of potentially dangerous BPA alternative until health effects are known.
The dangers of BPA are a topic of widespread concern, and countries such as Canada, France, and Denmark have banned it as a toxic substance. In an effort to quell public fears, many manufacturing companies have switched to a similar chemical called BPS, the effects of which are unknown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must prohibit the use of this chemical until it is better understood.
The dangers of BPA lie in its hormone-like characteristics, which mimic the properties of estrogen. The chemical has been linked with brain damage, ADHD, and obesity. Preliminary studies show that BPS has many similar estrogen-like properties and may be just as dangerous, if not more. So where is BPS being used? At the cash register of your local grocery store, where it exists in high concentration in paper receipts. Other sources include recycled paper and paper currency. Researchers estimate that people are able to absorb 19 times more BPS through their skin than BPA.
Commercial manufacturers should not be allowed to gamble with human lives in this manner. To replace a notorious chemical with an equally questionable unknown chemical is a dangerous betrayal of consumer trust. By signing the petition below, you can ask Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to institute an assessment plan to review BPS and restrict its use pending research results.
Dear Administrator Jackson,
Under your leadership, the Environmental Protection Agency is spearheading an admirable and necessary effort to uncover the truth about BPA. Unfortunately, many manufacturers have abandoned the use of this dangerous chemical only to replace it with an equally alarming alternative: bisphenol-S (BPS). This lesser known and sparsely-researched chemical shares many characteristics with BPA, including the estrogen-mimicking properties that lie at the root of BPA’s toxicity. While BPS is thought to be slightly less potent than BPA, it shows a higher level of environmental persistence and absorbs into human skin more readily.
Currently, BPS is widely used in the paper industry, especially in recycled paper, currency, and receipts. We must protect consumers from hidden threats by directing attention towards this potentially dangerous chemical. Please require thorough testing of BPS, and restrict its use until results are conclusive.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: wallyir via morgueFile.