Vandenberg to Discuss BPA in Online Forum

December 12, 2013

Courtesy UMass Amherst News Office

The potential health risks of exposure to Bisphenol-A in plastics is a concern to many parents, health care professionals, educators and policy makers who often do not know where to turn for science-based information on the latest research.

At 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 17, the public will have a chance to hear from two experts, University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist, endocrine disruptor researcher and BPA expert Laura Vandenberg, and Sarah Vogel of the Environmental Defense Fund in a one-hour, free, online Google+ Hangout discussion on this controversial chemical.

Earlier this year, Vandenberg and colleagues pointed out that experts concluded more than 10 years ago that “the state of the science justified regulatory action” for endocrine disrupters including BPA and called for “a better founded scientific debate which may help to overcome a polarization of views detrimental to reaching a consensus about scientific foundations for endocrine disrupter regulation.”

Vogel has frequently written and spoken about the controversy over BPA and the impact of new emerging science on regulatory policy. She is the author of the book “Is It Safe: BPA and the Struggle to Define the Safety of Chemicals.”

Google+ Hangouts on Air is a free live broadcasting service from Google that lets people join a group conversation about topics they’re interested in. To take part in the Google+ Hangout, see details on joining at,then sign in at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Questions for Vandenberg and Vogel can be submitted on the event page or on Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #BPA101. A handful of questions will be selected during the event. This Google+ Hangout will be moderated by Dominique Browning, co-founder and senior director of +Moms Clean Air Force.