Dave H and Brian,
"Are you really willing to trust what the EPA suggests? Its recommendations are typically based on industry-generated safety cliams, not independent research."
Well, yes, I am willing to trust what the EPA suggests in lieu of something better and apparently you aren't. So it goes. I would argue that your second sentence is not entirely true, however, I suspect, as you do, that industry plays a larger roll in the recommendations than we would like. So lets say that their recommendation is off by say a factor of 10, no lets say 100. Then the BPA in my 10 minutes of boiling is no longer 1/10,000 of the EPA recommended amount but is still 1/100 of that recommendation. Still a fairly tiny amount. ( instead of boiling my 2 cups of water for dinner it would be more like 12.5 gal. to get the new revised dose!)
Brian- the reference you site and quote is interesting, but I believe biased ( as am I and as are you). Mr Jeffrey St. Clair, the author, is an activist journalist, not a scientist. This is his opinion and apparently yours. I have my own opinion and I posted it above.
The "stew of toxic chemicals" argument is old. It is true, of course, that we live in a stew of chemicals. We are made up of chemicals. All "chemicals" are toxic if given in sufficient quantities. I think this goes back to the notion that some how "all chemicals are bad" and anything "natural" is good, which of course is absurd.
Let's just say that I believe we live in a time and in a place where our life expectancy is longer than it has ever been, due in some part to all those "chemicals" we use for antibiotics, cancer treatments, purification of water, etc.
Please do not get me wrong. I do not advocate using more "chemicals" than we need. I think that research needs to be continued to identify risks and benefits of "chemicals" we use and develop. If something better or less toxic can be found then use it.
"It's kinda spooky and cultish that posters here will use a cookpot that they know is toxic in order to save a couple ounces of pack weight. Seems like the slow road to a Darwin Award to me..."
Well, Thanks, I always wanted to win an award, but I believe that you are the one that said it is toxic not me. I don't know what you use for a cooking pot, but titanium can be toxic and even the dread EPA thinks more study on exposure should be done. Aluminum is definitely toxic so don't use that. As Tony notes alcohol is toxic so don't use that either. Iron and steel are toxic, but since they have been used for hundreds of years we will grandfather them in. Propane, butane, wood smoke-- all toxic.
In the end, everyone needs to come up with their own set of risks and benefits that suits them.