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ATM Receipt: Health Hazard?



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    Is there something dangerous lurking in your ATM receipts? Some say yes, and they want the state to do something about it.

    It's a chemical that's been causing controversy for years.  Now, Connecticut lawmakers are taking up the latest effort to rid the things we use of bisphenol-A.

    BPA, as it's known, was first banned from infant formula and baby food containers and many reusable food and drink containers.  That ban goes into effect in October.  

    Now, the General Assembly's Environment Committee is being asked to prohibit the chemical in cash register and ATM receipts.  Advocates from the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut say BPA can be absorbed into your skin from the paper.  What's the big deal?  Advocates say the chemical has been linked to a range of health problems from kidney problems to heart disease.

    The Environment Committee has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday to hear the pros and cons of the issue.