Tuesday March 08, 2011 | 10:06 AM

A national environmental advocacy organization is blasting Gov. Paul LePage’s “little beards” comment on the topic of whether the chemical additive bisphenol A is harmful to people.

The Environmental Working Group Action Fund is running an online campaign asking people to sign a petition to send a “reality check” to the Maine Republican. The group notes that LePage was was quoted recently in the Bangor Daily News saying about bisphenol A or BPA: "The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”
 
The Environmental Working Group says that is a “cheap joke” that ignores scientific evidence that BPA is harmful to humans. In its petition, the group offers up reports and facts that it says back up that contention.
 
“Please take the time to understand the connections between BPA and a wide range of health effects instead of making jokes,” the group’s petition to LePage says.
LePage hasn’t backed off his position. In Washington last month for the National Governors Association winter meeting, LePage said that the call for a BPA ban is an “emotional cry for regulations where it’s not needed. The science says that there is nothing wrong with it.”

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