Federal Agencies

Appellate Court Stays Penalty Phase of Starbucks Trial

  A California appeals court has stayed the Penalties Phase of the Starbucks Coffee Trial that had been set to determine penalties in the Proposition 65 case against Starbucks and nearly 75 additional coffee roasters. The defense argued that the trial should be delayed pending the outcome of a regulatory action initiated by the State’s …

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US Environmental Groups Call for Ban on PFAss Chemicals

A coalition of US environmental groups have told Congress that new per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) should be banned and are calling for a halt on continued use of existing ones. The latest push to eliminate and ban the controversial substances came in a meeting of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, …

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Trump Nominates New Head of EPA’s Chemical Safety Office

Trump Nominates Region 1 Chief to Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Office   The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 1- New England was nominated to lead the agency’s national Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Alexandra Dunn has been EPA’s administrator in New England for almost a year. She is a …

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FDA Issues Statement Supporting the Exemption of Coffee from Prop. 65 Warning Requirements

The U.S FDA has issued a formal Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that supports exempting coffee from Prop. 65 warning requirements. In June, the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles issued a decision that requires certain ready-to-drink coffee products sold in California to provide compliant Prop. 65 warnings based on the presence of …

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Democrats Demand Hearing on TSCA Implementation

  All 10 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment wrote to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today renewing a request for the Chairmen to schedule a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century …

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Communities and Groups Fight to Defend the Chemical Disaster Rule from Rollbacks by EPA

A coalition of community members, the National Environmental, Environmental Justice and Groups of Scientists from across the U.S.A asked Andrew Wheeler, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the agency’s plan to roll back the implementation of the Chemical Disaster Rule. The Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule was made to reduce …

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OEHHA has proposed a Safe Harbor Level for Metham Sodium

OEHHA Establishes MADL for Metham Sodium

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it has established a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for exposure to metham sodium of 290 micrograms per day by amending Section 25805(b) of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. OEHHA reviewed the studies that provide information on the developmental toxicity of …

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CPSC Drops the Lead Testing Requirement for Engineered Wood Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule determining that untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fiberboard) do not contain lead and, therefore, are not required to have third-party testing for compliance with the lead content requirements for children’s products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act …

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CPSC Ends Third Party Testing Requirement for Unfinished Engineered Wood Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a final rule on Friday determining that untreated and unfinished engineered wood products including (particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fiberboard) do not contain lead and, therefore, are not required to have third-party testing for compliance with the lead content requirements for children’s products under the Consumer …

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California Senator Feinstein Introduces Bill to Ban Phthalates in Food Contact Materials

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a new bill in the U.S. Congress that would prevent the use of a family of chemicals known as phthalates in containers used for food contact applications. The bill is part of Senator Feinstein’s ongoing effort to remove phthalates from as many consumer products as possible. In 2007, Feinstein …

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