Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation

Center for Progressive Reform White Paper No. 1107

U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-30

25 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2011

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Thomas Owen McGarity

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

Rena I. Steinzor

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Center for Progressive Reform

Matthew Shudtz

Center for Progressive Reform

Lena Pons

Center for Progressive Reform - CPR Policy Analyst

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

For the last two decades, scientists have amassed evidence that bisphenol A (BPA) poses a threat to human health. Although scientists have targeted BPA as a public health concern, plastics industry lobbyists have attempted to thwart the efforts of federal, state, and local authorities to reduce exposure to BPA. This paper reviews the major arguments advanced by the plastics industry and debunks them as, “myths,” that public health officials must reject. The five topics covered include: The myth of scientific consensus on safety; the myth that only studies complying with, “Good Laboratory Practices,” guidelines are adequate for making regulatory decisions; myths about the science of BPA exposure and metabolism; economic myths related to restrictions on BPA’s use; and the myth that state-based regulation creates an unmanageable, “patchwork,” of rules. After critiquing the facts and policy implications of each issue, the authors conclude with suggestions regarding how federal agencies can coordinate their work to better protect the public from the risks posed by BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Keywords: bisphenol-A

Suggested Citation

McGarity, Thomas Owen and Steinzor, Rena I. and Shudtz, Matthew and Pons, Lena, Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation (2011). Center for Progressive Reform White Paper No. 1107; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1871923

Thomas Owen McGarity

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Rena I. Steinzor (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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Center for Progressive Reform ( email )

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Matthew Shudtz

Center for Progressive Reform ( email )

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Lena Pons

Center for Progressive Reform - CPR Policy Analyst ( email )

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