Vinyl acetate, a chemical used in a variety of plastic food contact and packaging materials, is one of five chemicals/substances that will be considered by a California EPA expert panel to determine whether these substances are carcinogenic.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on August 30 that the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will discuss whether current scientific literature warrants that OEEHA scientists prepare hazard identification materials at its November 15 meeting.
OEHHA’s announcement kicks off a 45-day public comment period on the five chemical candidates that the agency has selected using its prioritization procedures.
The five chemicals or chemical groups are:
● Asphalt and Asphalt Emissions Associated with Road Paving and Roofing
● Methyl Chloride
● Type I Pyrethroids
● Vinyl Acetate
OEHHA’s notice is the first step in the process of listing chemicals based on a decision of the expert committee, one of several mechanisms for adding chemicals to the Proposition 65 list.
The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will discuss vinyl acetate for possible preparation of hazard identification materials at its November 15 meeting. The notice is the first step in the process of listing chemicals based on a decision of the expert committee, which is one of several mechanisms for adding substances to the Proposition 65 list. At a later date, OEHHA will select chemicals for preparation of hazard identification materials and announce those decisions in a separate notice. If hazard identification materials are prepared for vinyl acetate, the CIC listing decision would be unlikely to occur for at least another year.
CIC members are appointed by the Governor and are designated as the “State’s Qualified Experts” for evaluating chemicals under Proposition 65. OEHHA staff scientists compile all relevant scientific evidence on various chemicals for the Committee to review. The Committee also considers comments from the public, which can be submitted in this case until October 24, before making its recommendation. If vinyl acetate is added to the Proposition 65 list as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer, compliance with warning requirements would become effective one year after the listing takes effect.