Proposition 65

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Banning BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

By Jack Schatz California Gov. Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed a bill that will ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold in California. California Assembly Bill 1319, also known as the Toxin Free Infants and Toddlers Act, passed in the state Senate on …

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ACC Attacks Proposed Rule to Eliminate Exemption for Hexavalent Chromium

By Jack Schatz The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is attacking a proposed rule to eliminate an exemption in the Proposition 65 listing of hexavalent chromium.  The trade group is arguing that the agency should reconsider its action based on a new industry-funded study that downplays the health effects of the chemical. The Office of Environmental …

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By Jack Schatz The Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC), a scientific expert committee appointed by the Governor, has added TDCPP—also known as chlorinated Tris—to the Proposition 65 list, but declined to list fluoride and its salts at its annual meeting in Sacramento. The committee voted 5-1 in favor of listing TDCPP, a flame retardant common in …

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By Jack Schatz (March 7, 2011) The Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment may emit unsafe levels of formaldehyde and methylene glycol, according to a preliminary report released today by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (CIR) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. CIR’s report is the first acknowledgment by the federal government that Brazilian …

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Here We Are in a Lawyer’s Paradise

When she helped write the ballot arguments in opposition to Proposition 65, Michele Corash, a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, predicted that Proposition 65 would create a lawyer’s paradise. Ten years later, as she surveyed an audience of more than 100 attorneys at the second day of the conference …

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