Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., wants the Environmental Protection Agency to explain why bisphenol A is not on its list of chemicals subject to increased regulation. BPA is commonly used in water bottles and other household items and has been linked to health risks in animals. The American Chemistry Council argues that BPA is safe and says it has been used widely since the 1950s. The Food and Drug Administration, seeking more information on the chemical, has set aside $30 million to study its safety during the next 18 to 24 months.
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