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 OEHHA Announces Seven New Regulatory Proposals
 September 19, 2014
 OEHHA Announces Seven New Regulatory Proposals   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has announced that it is “soliciting input and information on possible regulatory actions and the priority level for each potential action” for seven potential regulatory projects it plans to undertake. Read full Story...

 Flame Retardant Bill Passes in California Assembly and Senate
 September 12, 2014
 Flame Retardant Bill Passes in California Assembly and Senate   A bill that will enable consumers to determine whether upholstered furniture for sale in California contains flame-retardant chemicals may be enacted later this month if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill which passed in both chamber of the state legislature. Read full Story...

 CEH Settles AVGAS Litigation
 September 11, 2014
 CEH Settles AVGAS Litigation    A settlement has been reached in the longstanding litigation between a Proposition 65 citizen enforcement group and the small aircraft industry, over lead content in aviation fuel used by small aircraft. Read full Story...

 OEHHA Revises Proposition 65 Summary
 September 8, 2014
 OEHHA Revises Proposition 65 Summary   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) has released a draft revision to its Proposition 65 Summary to reflect changes made to the statute following the enactment of legislation providing relief for certain violations by small business that fail to post warning signs.   According to the agency, the amended summary would align the summary with the current Proposition 65 statute. Read full Story...

 FDA Releases Data on Dietary Exposure to 4-MEI
 September 5, 2014
 FDA Releases Data on Dietary Exposure to 4-MEI   Researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  presented dietary exposure assessments for 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held August 10-14, 2014, in San Francisco. Read full Story...

 CIC to Consider Two Potential Chemical Groups
 September 3, 2014
 CIC to Consider Two Potential Chemical Groups   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced that the next meeting of its Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) has been scheduled for Nov. 19. Read full Story...

 Congressional Democrats Call on FDA to Adopt Recommendations of CHAP Report
 August 29, 2014
 Congressional Democrats Call on FDA to Adopt Recommendations of CHAP Report   Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit the use of phthalates based on a recent report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Read full Story...

 Study Links Phthalate Exposure to Endocrine Disruption
 August 29, 2014
 Study Links Phthalate Exposure to Endocrine Disruption   Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have published the results of a study that examines “relationships between urinary concentrations of 13 phthalate metabolites and urinary testosterone levels in men, women, and children when adjusting for important co-founders and stratifying by sex and age.” Read full Story...

 NAS Review Confirms Formaldehyde is a Known Human Carcinogen
 August 26, 2014
 NAS Review Confirms Formaldehyde is a Known Human Carcinogen   The National Academy of Sciences has issued its Review of the Formaldehyde Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens which confirms formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Read full Story...

 ExxonMobil Calls for CPSC to Reverse Ban on DINP
 August 26, 2014
 ExxonMobil Calls for CPSC to Reverse Ban on DINP   ExxonMobil Chemical is calling for the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to rescind a temporary ban on the use of a certain phthalate in children’s toys and child care products, arguing an advisory report by the agency’s scientific expert panel that suggests the ban be made permanent is significantly flawed.  Read full Story...

 Grocery Distributor Settles Prop 65 Rice Litigation
 August 21, 2014
 Grocery Distributor Settles Prop 65 Rice Litigation  

The first settlement in a group of Proposition 65 enforcement actions that allege rice products expose consumers to arsenic, cadmium or lead was signed by a grocery distributor on August 11. 

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 New Legislation Proposes Elimination of Persistent Toxic Chemicals
 August 13, 2014
 New Legislation Proposes Elimination of Persistent Toxic Chemicals   Legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to phase out the use of persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals (PBT) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on July 24. Read full Story...

 DTSC Postpones 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan Workshops
 August 12, 2014
 DTSC Postpones 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan Workshops    California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced that it is postponing two workshops scheduled in August where it planned to discuss its 2015-2017 Priority Work Plan.  According to the agency’s announcement, the workshops will be rescheduled for as yet undetermined dates in September. Read full Story...

 CHAP Recommends Permanent Ban on Some Phthalates
 August 6, 2014
 CHAP Recommends Permanent Ban on Some Phthalates    A federal scientific expert panel for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a long-awaited report recommending a ban on several phthalates used to manufacture children’s toys and other children’s products. Read full Story...

 Scientific Basis of Proposed Ethylene Glycol Listing Disputed in Public Comments
 August 5, 2014
 Scientific Basis of Proposed Ethylene Glycol Listing Disputed in Public Comments   Several consumer product manufacturers and trade organizations have submitted public comment that say the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) proposed listing of Ethylene Glycol (CAS No. 107–21–1) is premature because the agency did not consider 11 recent toxicity studies that provide evidence suggesting the chemical does not cause reproductive toxicity. Read full Story...

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