BPA

C&EN laments the misinformed activism surrounding bisphenol A (BPA). Rudy Baum writing in The Editor's Blog, points out that BPA has been covered on numerous occasions in the magazine but despite repeated explanations as to the safety concerns and the difficulty in finding acceptable alternatives, the environmentalists still campaign with the precautionary principle in mind. The bottom line is that, "BPA and the polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins that are made from it are useful chemicals that are getting a bum rap from people who don't know what they are talking about," says Baum.