By Beth Daley, Globe Staff
Boston city councilor at-large John R. Connolly has a personal reason for holding a hearing today about the potential health risks of bisphenol A, the chemical found in many hard durable plastics such as baby bottles and hiking water containers: His seven-week-old daughter.
John R. Connolly
But it was only after his wife - his real source of information, he says - gave birth to Clare they began discussing the issue because baby bottles were going to figure prominently in their future. Were they safe?
"I wanted to have a full hearing and take action,'' said Connolly. "You hear a lot of these reports. You can say seven week old Clare helped me" focus on the issue.
The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. in the Iannella Chamber, 5th Floor of Boston City Hall.
Dr. Michael Shannon, Chair of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Boston; Mia Davis of Clean Water Fund, co-author of Baby’s Toxic Bottle; and Steven Hentges, Ph.D., Executive Director of the American Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group are among those expected to testify.