Effort Would Ban Chemical In Receipt Paper

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are being asked to ban a chemical that some scientists consider to be dangerous, from being used in paper cash register and ATM receipts.

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut is pushing to ban the chemical from the receipts, often thermal paper. Advocates say they worry about the chemical rubbing off and somehow being ingested or being absorbed through the skin.

Connecticut has already prohibited the substance in infant formula and baby food containers and many reusable food and drink containers. That ban takes effect on Oct. 1.

The General Assembly’s Environment Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday to hear testimony on the proposed legislation, which prohibits the use of the bisphenol . A in paper used for receipts

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