OEHHA Approves SUD for Bathware Products Containing Styrene

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has accepted a request for a Safe Use Determination for Styrene used in Fiber Care Baths, Inc. Bathware Products that are manufactured Utilizing 1st and 2nd Laminations Systems and LV-9800 Acrylated Gel-Coat. The agency has opened a public comment period for Comments on the SUD. The comment …

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California Rice

OEHHA Establishes Background Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

  California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has gained approval from that state Office of Administrative Law approving amendments to Title 27, California Code of Regulations, Article 5. This action adopts new Section 25501.1 to provide guidance for businesses and the public by establishing default natural background levels for inorganic arsenic in white …

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Monsanto Rocked with $289 Million Jury Verdict in Roundup Case

Jurors in a high stakes San Francisco Superior Court case unanimously found that RoundUp herbicides manufactured and sold by the Corporation formerly known as Monsanto caused 46-year-old former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to contract a terminal form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson testified that Monsanto should not have let him use the herbicide …

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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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  The Coffee roasting defendants in the Starbucks trial have filed a motion to stay the action following a proposal by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)  that would essentially exempt coffee products from Proposition 65 warnings. Los Angeles  Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle recently issued an order in CERT v. Toxics v. Starbucks  setting a hearing date on the coffee roaster defendants’ request …

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First District Court of Appeals Opinion Suggests Jury Trials May Be Available Under Proposition 65

        The First District Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion that suggests that jury trials may be available in Prop. 65 enforcement actions, in a case unrelated to Proposition 65. In Nationwide Biweekly Admin., Inc. v. Superior Court of Alameda Cty., Case No. A150264 the Appellate Court disagreed with a prior appellate …

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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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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns in Disgrace

  Scott Pruitt, the inflammatory and controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned. Pruitt’s deputy Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist will take over as acting administrator starting on Monday. President Trump announced Pruitt’s departure on Twitter and said Pruitt had done an “outstanding job”. Pruitt in the past year has been embroiled in …

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