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Political Watch 7/17/14

• U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), along with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-New York) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), recently introduced the Ban Poisonous Additives Act, a bill to protect industry workers and consumers from chemicals that the president’s cancer panel has indicated could cause “grievous harm.” Bisephenol-A (BPA) is one of the chemicals targeted by the bill. It’s used to make plastics and resins in many common consumer products, including food packaging. Exposure to BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including breast cancer, altered fetal development, and infertility, according to a press release from Capps’ office. The bill would remove BPA from food packaging, encourage the development of safer alternatives, and ensure a safety review of all substances currently used in food and beverage containers. The bill would also require the Food and Drug Administration to examine the effects of BPA on workers who may have been disproportionately exposed to BPA during the manufacturing process. “The dangers of BPA are well-documented, and we must do everything we can to ensure that both the factory workers who package food and the people who consume our food are safe,” Capps said in the release.

• Hazmat-suit-wearing protesters with the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch showed up at the July 9 California Coastal Commission meeting in Ventura. Their point was to get commissioners to consider a biologist’s warning that chemicals used in offshore hydraulic fracturing pose a toxic threat to sea otters and other marine life. Oil companies have fracked wells in waters off Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Seal Beach, and in federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel. Waste from fracking can be legally discharged into the ocean in federal waters. According to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity, about half of the platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel discharge wastewater into the ocean. In a letter to the Coastal Commission, center officials said that oil companies fracking in California waters have admitted to using at least 10 chemicals that could potentially harm aquatic life. “The Coastal Commission needs to protect our waters by halting fracking off California’s coast,” center biologist Shaye Wolf said in a press release. The commission has said in the past that it doesn’t have jurisdiction in federal waters.

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