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Senator urges EPA to restrict plastics chemical

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. senator is asking the Environmental Protection Agency why it did not include BPA, the controversial plastic-hardener, on a list of chemicals subject to stricter rules.

In a letter to the agency's director, New York Democrat Charles Schumer urged EPA to develop a plan of action for BPA, which has been linked to reproductive and neurological disorders in animal studies.

Late last year the EPA identified four chemicals that will be subject to increased regulation. BPA was not among them.

BPA is found in canned food linings, water bottles and hundreds of other items.

In January the Food and Drug Administration changed its position on the chemical's safety, voicing "some concern" about its effects on children.

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