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Oregon may join nine other states in banning a plastic hardener commonly known as BPA. Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would ban the potentially harmful plastic additive from baby bottles, Sippy cups and reusable water bottles, beginning January of 2012.  The bill passed by 20 votes to 9. State Senator Chris Telfer of Bend was one of the "no" votes; mostly because the science and data is inconclusive: “A lot of products now are BPA free, and it’s right on the label.  I think everything in Wal-Mart is like BPA free, so its a choice now: people can buy it or not."  KBND’s Lori Raab: “So you don't think the government needs to be involved in this debate?” CT: “I don't. At least the state, the federal government is still having the debate,  having the studies. So I think we've kind of jumped the gun on this.” The bill now moves to the House. The Governor also backs the ban and if passed, Oregon would become the 10th state, including Washington, with some form of a ban on BPA.

 

 

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