Earth Day: Rep. Curry Discuss Energy, His Bill on BPA in Plastics

By Purnell T. Cropper | April 27, 2010

State Rep. Larry Curry was among those who helped Arcadia University to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Curry gave a short presentation about the environmental issues that matter most to him.

At the top of his list was the issue of Marcellus shale, a largely untapped natural gas source. He discussed how widespread and rich the deposit of Marcellus shale is in Pennsylvania and how it could provide an alternative clean-burning, Pennsylvania-based energy source. Despite its obvious attractions, Curry urged extreme caution due to the environmental consequences of drilling and the potential impact on waterways, both in the immediate area and neighboring states.

He also spoke about the reasons why he introduced House Bill 221 that would prohibit the manufacture or sale in Pennsylvania of baby bottles, training cups, formula cans and other child-care items containing bisphenol A. “There is a great deal of new independent scientific evidence that has come out in recent months that details the health dangers posed by BPA,” said Curry. “That is why I feel legislation is needed to ensure that BPA is no longer used in infant and toddler products made or sold in Pennsylvania, to give parents peace of mind.”

Students also enjoyed free food, speakers, games and prizes in The Chat and along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride. Other special guest speakers included President Jerry Greiner, Clean Air Council representative Thurm Brendlinger, the Weavers Way Co-op, and representatives from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council. Topics included alternative energy, campus recycling, pollution, watersheds, farmers’ markets, beekeeping, bottle water and biodiversity.