Call your Senator today and make sure SB 797 reaches the Governor’s desk! This week, the California legislature plans to wrap up its legislative session and make many decisions about the services, priorities, and the budget of our state. Amongst the very tough decisions, sending a bill to protect infants and toddlers from exposure to a toxic chemical — a measure already passed by both the houses but pending one procedural vote in the Senate — should NOT be considered a tough decision. SB 797(Pavley) would prohibit the synthetic estrogen, bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, food and formula containers meant for children 3 and younger.
What is BPA? Bisphenol-A (BPA) was discovered to be a synthetic estrogen in the 1930s. Today it’s widely used as a core ingredient in polycarbonate plastics, and epoxy resins, including those commonly found in baby bottles and used to line food cans. Research by the Centers for Disease Control has found that 93% of Americans tested have BPA in their bodies, and that children have higher levels than adults.
This week, lawmakers can restore California’s leadership in protecting children – our most vulnerable — by passing SB 797 and sending it to the governor for his signature. Read more in “BPA in California’s Babies – What’s the Hold Up?” part of the CHANGE (Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy) blog post series, “Independence From Toxic Chemicals.”
Take action now! Use our below online tool to find your Senator, call her/him using our letter text as a guide, and also send your letter to make sure they receive the urgent message. Please take this simple action now, and help us spread the word!