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CAL EPA to Initiate Cancellation Proceedings for Chlorpyrifos

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be initiating cancellation proceedings of chlorpyrifos.  In its press release, CalEPA states that the decision to commence cancellation proceedings “follows mounting evidence, including recent findings by the state’s independent Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, that the pesticide causes serious [...]

EPA Releases Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision (PID) for Glyphosate acid and its Salts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it has released its Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision (PID) for glyphosate acid and its various salt forms.  84 Fed. Reg. 19782.  In the PID, EPA states that it “did not identify any human health risks from exposure to any use of glyphosate” but did identify “potential risk [...]

Retailers Voluntarily Withdraw Makeup that Tested Positive in Asbestos Tests 

Retailers Claire’s Stores and Beauty Plus Global have started the voluntary recall of two makeup products after the advisory from the US Food and Drug Administration that notified them they tested positive for asbestos. The two products that tested positive for asbestos were the Chinese-based cosmetics company’s Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2 and [...]

Solvent industry Petitions Court for Review of Methylene Chloride Ban

  The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance (HSIA) has sued for the review of the US EPA’s final rule that prohibits consumer use of paint removers containing dichloromethane (DCM) or methylene chloride. The final rule in TSCA section 6 issued in March, applies to the import, manufacture, processing, and distribution to consumers of the products. Commercial [...]

Maine Governor Signs Resolution On Toxic Workplace Chemicals

Maine Governor Signs Resolution On Toxic Workplace Chemicals On June 5, Maine’s Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill that requires the state’s Department of Labor to develop a framework for identifying hazardous chemicals in the workplace and replacing them with safer alternatives. The bill, Legislative Document (LD) 1017, passed the state’s House and Senate [...]

Solvent industry Petitions Court for Review of Methylene Chloride Ban

Solvent industry Petitions Court for Review of Methylene Chloride Ban The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance (HSIA) has sued for the review of the US EPA’s final rule that prohibits consumer use of paint removers containing dichloromethane (DCM) or methylene chloride. The final rule in TSCA section 6 issued in March, applies to the import, manufacture, [...]

Minnesota to Control Flame Retardants in Furniture, Products for Children

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed a law that will expand the state’s current flame retardant restrictions and set limits on the use of firefighting foam with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). The bill (HF 359) does not allow the manufacture or sale of residential upholstered furniture or children’s products containing any organohalogen flame retardant [...]

OAL Approves OEHHA’s Coffee Exemption

By A. J. Esposito On June 3, 2019, the California Office of Administrative Law approved a regulation adopted by the California Environmental Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from Prop 65’s warning requirement. The regulation, which takes effect on October 1, 2019, provides: Exposures to chemicals in coffee, listed on or [...]

Six 60-Day Notices of Violation Issued for Hexavalent Chromium Found on Leather Products

Six 60-day notices of violation have recently been issued for the use of hexavalent chromium in leather goods. The notices serve as warnings of the intent to start legal proceedings. Hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)) was listed in 1987 under California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) as a toxic chemical that causes birth defects and other reproductive [...]

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