On January 15, 2010, the FDA reversed its position on BPA, openly declaring that there is concern about the health effects resulting from continued exposure to this chemical. They are now supporting the phase out this material from the market, particularly baby bottles and other areas of exposure to young children, who are most affected by exposure. This is good news for consumers, who will likely be seeing safer products on the shelves soon. You can read more about it here:
In other news, the EPA has decided to tighten limits on drinking water contaminants. They have also elected to speed up the evaluation process by evaluating contaminants in groups, rather than one at a time. The consideration of contaminants by category rather than individual should significantly reduce the time it takes for new compounds to be added to operator watch lists and recommendations. The public will benefit immensely from this new process, as lower limits and wider scopes of evaluation will ultimately mean cleaner drinking water. Good news. You can read the article here:
Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY (1900-1944), Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939