Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important industrial chemical
that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic
and epoxy resins, both of which are used in a wide variety
of applications. Although the vast majority of BPA is
converted at manufacturing sites into products, low-level
releases of BPA to the environment are possible.
Numerous validated studies have been completed to determine
what happens to BPA in the environment ("environmental
fate") and the possible impacts ("environmental
assessment"). Recent comprehensive reviews of these
studies (Staples et al, 1998; Staples et al,
2002) conclude that current manufacturing and use patterns
of BPA pose virtually no risk to the environment.