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OEHHA Retreats on Proposed Amendments to Prop. 65 Warning Regulations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has withdrawn the bulk of its latest proposal to amend its Proposition 65 warning regulations.

AG Appeals District Court Decision Banning Prop. 65 Glyphosate Warnings

The California Attorney General's office has appealed a lower court decision blocking California from requiring a Proposition 65 cancer warning on products containing the insecticide glyphosate.

Consumer Brands Association Renews Demand that Governor Delay Private Enforcement Actions Due to COVID-19

On August 5, 2020, the Consumer Brands Association (Consumer Brands) sent a "renewed" request to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to stay private Prop. 65 enforcement actions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chemistry Council Asks Supreme Court To Overrule Appellate Court Ruling Upholding DINP Listing

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is asking the California Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision upholding the listing of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

OEHHA Seeks Input from CIC on Potential Chemicals to Study for Future Prop. 65 Listing

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced a list of seven chemical or chemical groups for the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) to prioritize for potential study and listing under Proposition 65.

Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Letter Regarding "Pre-Notice" Letters

On August 7, 2020, the Attorney General sent a letter to Kyle Wallace of Davitt, Lalley, Dey & McHale "confirming" that Mr. Wallace "will cease and desist from sending Pre-notice letters to companies threatening to sue them under Proposition 65 and offering to settle the matter."

60-Day Notice Trends: Heavy Metals in Seaweed Products

The trend of notices alleging heavy metals in seaweed food products continues with full force. The Consumer Advocacy Group (CAG) has issued over 240 notices to date alleging that dried and roasted seaweed snack food products contain lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

Former EPA Officials Suggest Significant Changes in TSCA

A large group of former officials of the Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a set of actions they believe are necessary for EPA to strengthen the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) so that it reflects the "best available science."

CHEMICAL OF THE MONTH: Marijuana Smoke

On June 19, 2009, OEHHA listed "cannabis (marijuana) smoke" as known to cause cancer.

OEHHA Adopts Cancer Risk Guidelines for PCBTF

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has adopted guidelines for assessing the cancer risk posed by inhaling p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (PCBTF).

OEHHA Finalizes New Guidelines for Toxic Air Contaminant Toluene

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has adopted new guidelines for calculating the health risk of toluene.

DTSC Focuses on PFAS in Food Packaging

The Department of Toxic Substances control has released a proposal that would identify food packaging containing perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a Priority Product pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Act.

LA Times Article Pans Prop. 65

On July 23, 2020, the LA Times published an article entitled "You see the warnings everywhere. But does Prop. 65 really protect you?" by Geoffrey Mohan.

Hunters Point Residents Send Notice Alleging Toxic Exposures Caused by Construction at Naval Shipyard

On July 3, 2020, residents of San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood (the Residents) served a Proposition 65 notice on Tetra Tech and its affiliated entities. The residents are represented by the Law Offices of Bonner & Bonner.

1-Bromopropane Final Risk Assessment is Second Under Revised TSCA

U.S. EPA has made 1-Bromopropane (1-BP), the second existing chemical to have a final risk evaluation under the 2016 version of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

OEHHA Proposes New Safe Harbor Levels for Acrylamide in Prepared Foods

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing new safe harbor levels for acrylamide for several prepared foodstuffs under Proposition 65.

9th Circuit Lets Registration of Enlist Duo Stand Pending Further ESA Review

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld U.S. EPA's registration of the relatively-new herbicide Enlist Duo (Enlist).

State Issues Report on Transition Away From Chlorpyrifos Use on Crops

A working group convened to grapple with how the state can successfully transition away from use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos has issued a report stressing that much more work lies ahead.

DPR Restricts Use of Carbaryl

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved a new rule barring the general public from using the pesticide carbaryl.

OEHHA Has Finalized Drinking Water Guideline for Pesticide DBCP

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has finalized a new public health goal (PHG) for the pesticide 1-2-dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) in drinking water.