Recently, House and Senate members introduced a bill that would ban BPA in food and beverage containers. Before congress has a chance to look over the bill, states and even some companies are taking steps to eliminate BPA. Suffolk Country, N.Y., is moving toward a ban on BPA.
But will bans on household toxins enacted at county or state levels be enough to prevent residents from exposure to potentially harmful or environmentally unfriendly products?
The California Energy Commission recently set energy regulations for television sets; some manufacturers will have to cut TV energy consumption by 50 percent by 2013. Television sets account for 10 percent of electricity bills in California, and many of the newer plasma screen sets use much more electricity than older cathode ray models. A change in California might mean changes across the nation. As Reuters points out, the regulations “are likely to become the new industry standard for manufacturers everywhere, by virtue of California’s sheer size as a consumer market.” TV manufacturers argue that voluntary improvements in energy efficiency are enough, and that no standard is needed.