NR DC has sued the U.S. government seeking to force it to address a 2008 petition to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BP A) from food packaging. NRDC v. United States, No. N/A (S.D.N.Y. filed 8/18/11). NR DC alleges that the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services failed to grant or deny the petition in the time period required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. According to the complaint, the agencies’ delay has injured NDRC ’s members by prolonging their exposure to BP A and depriving them of a decision on the petition’s merits. It seeks a finding that the delay was unreasonable and an order compelling final action on the petition by a court-established deadline. BP A is an organic compound that manufacturers have used in metal food cans and plastic containers since the 1930s. Several studies have questioned BP A’s safety, and in September 2010, Canada declared it a toxic substance.