I am the proud mother of a 4-month-old baby girl named Evelyn.

As a new mom, I want to do everything I can to promote the well-being of this precious child who has entered my life. Keeping her safe and healthy is my top priority.

When Evelyn is ready to eat solid foods I do not want to worry that the foods that I’m feeding her could be contaminated with the toxic chemical bisphenol-A.

Unfortunately, without protection from our government, I do have to worry. I have to worry that BPA is leaching into her foods through the containers they’re packaged in. I have to worry that this exposure could cause her to develop a learning disability, to experience early puberty, to become obese and even to get cancer.

It is the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens, and our children are not only citizens, but the makers of our future.

I encourage Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection to support the citizen-initiated rule to remove BPA from baby and toddler food and to protect Evelyn and the rest of the children of Maine.

Helen Ayotte

Hallowell


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