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California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is moving forward with a regulatory proposal that purports to clarify the procedure for listing chemicals by Proposition 65’s controversial Labor Code Mechanism.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last week announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture regarding its role in the regulation of Proposition 65 chemicals in foods.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on Feb. 5 published a Proposition 65 Fact Sheet for Tenants, to answer question raised by Proposition 65 warnings posted in residential and commercial rental properties.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) today filed notices of intent to list seven new chemical compounds along with their metabolites and salts. This flurry of regulatory activity follows a settlement between the agency and the Sierra Club calling for OEHHA to expedite its’ chemicals listing process which has often taken years to list chemical candidates on the agency prioritization list.
Exposure to certain chemicals in the phthalate family has substantially decreased in the U.S. population according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco and published January 21, in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Study authors suggest that the decrease may be due to a federal ban on phthalates in toys, as well as cosmetics companies moving away from the use of these chemicals in response to advocacy efforts led by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it has listed trichloroethylene (TCE) (CAS No. 79-01-6) as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65, despite opposition by the Halogenated Solvent Industry Alliance.
Senate supporters of a bipartisan bill purporting to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are weighing several proposed amendments they hope will eventually address concerns from Senate environment committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and other opponents who fear the current language in the bill will severely limit state toxics programs.
According to Consumer Reports, tests of popular soft drink brands conducted last year show a wide variation in levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI)—a Proposition 65 carcinogen found in caramel coloring used in sodas and other food products.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released two alternatives assessments to help companies seeking chemical alternatives to bisphenol A in thermal paper and decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) as a fire retardant for plastic.
A leading manufacturer of chemical flame retardants has sued the State of California in an attempt to overturn a new California law that prohibits the use of chemical flame retardants in upholstered furniture sold in the state.
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced the appointment of 15 members to its 2014 Green Ribbon Science Panel. The appointments include reappointed members from the first panel as well as new members. Green Ribbon Science Panel members include experts on public and environmental health as well as chemicals policy, law, and engineering, and are drawn from academia, NGOs, industry, and government. The Panel advises DTSC on green chemistry and chemicals policy issues, including implementation of the Safer Consumer Products regulations.
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