State employee says she was demoted after testifying about BPA

 By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A state employee has sued the head of the Department of Environmental Protection alleging she was demoted after testifying before a legislative committee during her vacation about the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.

Andrea Lani of Whitefield filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court seeking reinstatement to her former position — running a program focused on educating the public about toxic substances in plastics and their impact on children called the Safer Chemicals in Children’s Products program.

Lani, who has worked for DEP since February 1999, named Patricia Aho commissioner of DEP and Ronald E. Dyer director of the DEP Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management.

DEP spokeswoman Samantha DePoy-Warren referred questions Tuesday about the lawsuit to the Maine Attorney General’s Office, which must defend Aho and Dyer.

“We’re reviewing the complaint and will respond in due course in the context of the litigation,” said Brenda Kielty, spokeswoman for Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider.

Schneider’s office will have 60 days to answer the complaint after it has been served with it. ...Read More.

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