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 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...

 Senate Confirms Two CPSC Nominees
 August 1, 2014
 Senate Confirms Two CPSC Nominees   The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Elliot Kaye as the new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman and Joe Mohorovic as a new Commissioner of the agency. Once Kaye and Mohorovic are officially sworn in this week, the Commission will be fully constituted with five Commissioners.
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 Legislation to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers Introduced in Congress
 August 1, 2014
 Legislation to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers Introduced in Congress  

U.S. Senator Edward Markey, DMass., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., on July 10 introduced the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2014” into both chambers of Congress. 

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 Revision of Labor Code Regulation Falls Short, Public Comments Say
 July 31, 2014
 Revision of Labor Code Regulation Falls Short, Public Comments Say   The latest revision of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) proposed Labor Code Regulation falls short of accurately providing a regulation that would comply with a 2012 appellate opinion that defined how chemicals can be added to the Proposition 65 list according to three organization that weighed in on the new version of the proposal.
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 Wozniak Sues Wal-Mart for Tainted Cooking Utensils
 July 24, 2014
 Wozniak Sues Wal-Mart for Tainted Cooking Utensils  

Proposition 65 citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak has filed a lawsuit that alleges Wal-Mart Stores and Tailor Made, Inc. have been selling nylon cooking utensils containing a hazardous industrial chemical without providing a clear and reasonable warning that use of the products may cause consumers to be exposed to a known carcinogen.

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 Laminate Flooring Exposes Consumers to “Alarming” Levels of Formaldehyde, Complaint Alleges
 July 23, 2014
 Laminate Flooring Exposes Consumers to “Alarming” Levels of Formaldehyde, Complaint Alleges    A major discount flooring retailer has been named in a Proposition 65 enforcement action that alleges Chinese-made flooring sold by the chain emits formaldehyde at levels far above the level requiring cancer warnings under California law, according to a lawsuit filed today in Alameda County Superior Court by Global Community Monitor.
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 Proposed Warning Regulation Draws Widespread Criticism
 July 21, 2014
 Proposed Warning Regulation Draws Widespread Criticism   The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) proposal to revamp Proposition 65 warnings to meet goals set last year by Gov. Jerry Brown to reform the regulation, is being widely criticized by stakeholders in public comments submitted by 53 of 60 companies, trade organizations and advocacy groups.
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 ACC Sues OEHHA to Overturn DINP Listing
 July 16, 2014
 ACC Sues OEHHA to Overturn DINP Listing   The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has filed a lawsuit challenging the state of California’s listing of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) under Proposition 65. The state’s listing of DINP as ‘known to cause cancer’ is unwarranted and defies the state of the science which demonstrates that DINP does not cause cancer in humans,” ACC said in a press release.
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 AG Takes Aim at In Lieu of Civil Penalties Payments
 July 11, 2014
 AG Takes Aim at In Lieu of Civil Penalties Payments   The California Attorney General’s office is attempting once again to discourage the use of settlement payments made in lieu of civil penalties, following its analysis of settlements entered in 2013.
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 OEHHA Abandons Proposed Listing of Metam Potasium
 July 1, 2014
 OEHHA Abandons Proposed Listing of Metam Potasium   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) today announced it will not proceed with its proposed listing of metam potassium under Proposition 65 via the authoritative bodies mechanism as known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity. 
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 OEHHA Adopts Air Exposure Levels for Benzene
 June 27, 2014
 OEHHA Adopts Air Exposure Levels for Benzene   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) today announced it is adopting new and revised Reference Exposure Levels (RELs) for benzene.
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