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EPA Once Again Reviews Ban on Paint Stripper Chemical Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reconsidering a proposed ban of methylene chloride, a paint stripping chemical that was scheduled to be banned in early 2017. Methylene chloride is considered potentially deadly after it was suspected to have caused dozens of deaths.   Methylene chloride is listed as a Proposition 65 carcinogen, and is used …

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OEHHA Extends Comment Period on Pesticide Warnings

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has extended the Public comment period for Proposed Amendments to Article 6 Warnings Regulations Relating to Consumer Product Exposure Warnings for Listed Chemicals in Pesticides. OEHHA’s proposed amendments would modify the safe-harbor warning content for on-product warnings for exposures to listed chemicals in pesticides.  These proposed amendments would …

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Washington State to Evaluate Six Flame Retardant Chemicals for Inclusion on Chemicals of High Concern List

The state of Washington is developing a report to evaluate and set policy recommendations for six flame chemicals of high concern for children (CHCC) under Washington’s Children’s Safe Product Act. The candidate flame retardants: TPP, TCPP, TBPH, V6, IPTPP, and TBB will be considered. The state’s department of Health is acting in response to a law passed …

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OEHHA Lists Trim@VX as a Carcinogen

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has listed TRIM®VX as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65. TRIM®VX was a metalworking lubricant formerly used as a coolant and liquid for cleaning tools and parts during cutting, drilling, milling and grinding operations. OEHHA based the listing on the compound’s …

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Wastewater From Oil Fields Pollutes California’s Water Supply Scientists Claim

  Scientists fear that California’s water supply is under threat of pollution since oil companies are allowed to dump their waste water into unlined, open pits or tanks. This is a waste management practice that has been banned in the other oil-producing states. Fred Starrh says that Aera Energy, an oil company owned by Shell …

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Industry Pressure Delays the Release of IRIS Formaldehyde Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from the chemical industry, has delayed the release of a study detailing cancer risks from formaldehyde, according to internal communications seen by Reuters, potentially keeping important health information from the public. Top EPA officials have declined to review the study or be briefed by its experts on the …

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