California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing to limit public hearings on a safe use determination (SUD) when requested.
OEHHA said in its proposal that public hearings are not well attended, and public comments are rarely made at them. Holding a public hearing in all instances, OEHHA says, is, therefore “neither necessary, nor prudent in establishing an efficient SUD process.”
Proposition 65 allows regulated companies to ask OEHHA to develop a SUD. These represent the agency’s formal determination on whether a consumer product or exposure to a listed chemical, is subject to Proposition 65 warning requirements.
According to OEHHA, businesses requesting a SUD are certain their product or activities are below safe harbor levels requiring a warning when submitting a SUD request. These companies seek the agency’s judgment to reinforce this claim.
The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed amendments to the regulation governing safe use determinations through November 28.
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