The Invisible Threat: Bisphenol-A and Phthalates in Environmental Justice Communities
N’Dri Laetitia A., White-Newsome Jalonne L., Corbin-Mark Cecil D., and Shepard Peggy M.
Low-income, communities of color have historically been exposed to disproportionate amount of toxins from air, water, and land. While the environmental justice (EJ) movement has fought to eliminate environmental concerns, less attention has been given to the health impacts of phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) found in common products used in the home, workplace, and schools. Our review of 23 research articles shows that a potential connection between BPA and phthalates exposure in consumer products to adverse health outcomes needs to be further explored. Revisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act are necessary and it is imperative that future policy efforts recognize and use a cumulative risk assessment approach to understand and address the negative health impacts brought on by both chemicals.