PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Enviromentalists say they are more than determined to ban a chemical used in baby bottles and other children's products, despite Governor Paul LePage's comments.
The comments, which LePage made last week, have drawn criticism from health and enviromental activists throughout Maine and across the country.
LePage said he hasn't seen enough scienitific evidence to support a ban on Bisphenol-A. He said that the only bad thing about the BPA is that it might give women "little beards." Enviromentalists say protecting babies and children is no joke.
Thursday LePage told NEWS CENTER that he is standing by a report from the World Health Organization. The report says the science on BPA is not conclusive and further regulation is not needed. He also says the public should not take his comments so seriously.
"As far as the comment as to growing hair, people have to lighten up man. You have got to develop a sense of humor in this job," said the Governor.
"We are talking harm to behavior, harm to the developing prostate gland these are very serious health concerns, it is not a laughing matter," said Mike Belliveau of the Enviromental Health Strategy Center.
Bellieveau believes the law has the support of more than 80 percent of the Maine legislature, enough to overide a potential veto by the governor. The law is expected taken up by the legislature's enviroment and natural resources next month.