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Multnomah County bans BPA

In October 2011, Multnomah County in Oregon passed a measure to ban toxic BPA in baby bottles and sports water bottles.

Before a packed hearing room, the Multnomah County Commission voted unanimously to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, and sports water bottles in the county.

It’s great to see local government take action to protect public health where the state and federal government have failed to do so. The Commission deserves praise for their resolve.

Oregon Environmental Council and our community partners have worked hard to make the policy and science case for action to protect people from BPA exposure.But we couldn’t have won without individual voices. Thank you!

Be sure to check out photos and highlights of testimony on our Facebook page.

Speaking from the heart, moms and dads and community members proved their power to hold our decision-makers accountable, testimony today and letters and phone calls. We are proud to count these individuals among OEC’s champions.

It’s a victory worth celebrating—but it’s also just one step towards our greater goal: ensuring that all Oregonians have a chance to grow up without the burden of toxic exposure. With the support of our donating members and the voices of our community, we will keep moving towards a cleaner and safer environment for all Oregon communities.

 See more about BPA and its health impacts.

Hackenmiller and Cogen

KGW spoke with OEC and Jeff Cogen from Multnomah County about the proposal. 




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