Following a number of highly-publicized studies and a nationwide ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in Canada, the EPA has announced that it is considering launching an investigation into the effects of BPA. According to the EPA’s report on the issue, over 1 million pounds of BPA is released into the environment anually.
BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical used in the manufacturing of plastic baby bottles and in the linings of food and beverage cans. BPA has been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen, producing inconsistent levels of hormones that eventually turn masculine men into feminine boys.
Numerous studies have linked BPA to the early onset of female development, and a decrease in male fertility rates. BPA, being an estrogen-mimicking chemical, also interferes with the way hormones are processed in the body. This leads to feminine traits developing in males, as a result of upsetting the hormonal balance of the body.
While other environmental factors contribute to the accelerated maturation in girls, and the onset of feminine traits in men, BPA is arguable one of the largest factors.
“A number of concerns have been raised about the potential human health and environmental effects of BPA,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, according to UPI.
“The data collected under the testing the EPA is considering would help the EPA better understand and address the potential environmental impacts of BPA,” Owens finished.