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Health Matters: First BPA Ban Passes in Oregon

In Legislative Session by April Christenson

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, and reusable water bottles.


“Protecting the public health, acting in prevention, furthering equity, and putting the well-being of children at the top of our agenda. All of these are implicated by this action today. …I think everyone here understands and believes that this would have best been a statewide action, because all of the children in the state of Oregon deserve to be protected from toxic chemicals. However, another value that this board believes in, is that when the state fails to lead, local leaders need to step up and fill the gap. The people of Multnomah County deserve to know that they can be safe, and if the state fails to act, this Board is going to act.”

– Multnomah County Commission Chair Jeff Cogen before the Multnomah County Board of Health
After public testimony on the proposed county-wide ban on BPA, October 27, 2011


Considered a win-win for public health equity and environmental protection, this victory makes Multnomah County the first governing body in Oregon to protect our families from the toxic chemical BPA. To learn more about the ban listen to OPB’s report.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters, with the help of our coalition partners in the Oregon Conservation Network, worked hard to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in the 2011 Legislative Session. Despite our best efforts the BPA-Free Baby Bill died in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Find out how your state legislator in the 2011 session OLCV’s 2011 Environmental Scorecard.