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BPA and PFOS Are Leading Candidates for Proposition 65 Carcinogen Identification

California's expert panel for naming Proposition 65 carcinogens has identified Bisphenol A and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) as high priority candidates for future listing.

U.S. EPA Issues a Final TSCA Risk Evaluation for Carbon Tetrachloride

U.S. EPA has made Carbon Tetrachloride the fourth existing chemical for which it has completed a final risk evaluation pursuant to the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Chamber Touts Two-Prong Attack on Prop. 65 Acrylamide Warnings

The California Chamber of Commerce has sent an alert to clients and other interested parties outlining what it describes as "dual paths" to  provide relief from Proposition 65 suits over a lack of warnings covering acrylamide in cooked foods.

Business Groups Applaud OEHHA's Acrylamide Safe Harbor With Suggested Changes

A coalition of businesses led by the California Chamber of Commerce is generally applauding the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's proposed safe harbor levels for acrylamide in cooked foods.

OEHHA Releases Fact Sheet on p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (PCBTF)

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a fact sheet for the Proposition 65-listed chemical p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (PCBTF).

California Will Ban or Require Disclosure of Harmful Substances in Cosmetic Products

Governor Newsom has signed two pieces of proposed legislation that would ban the presence of various toxic substances from cosmetics and other personal care products and would require the public disclosure of numerous additional substances.

EPA Releases TRI Data that Will Be Used in Full TRI Analysis

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released what it describes as its "updated 2019 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data."

Appeals Court Upholds OEHHA's Listing of BPA

A California Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision, in ACC v. OEHHA, approving the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) proposed 2013 listing of the controversial substance Bisphenol A (BPA) as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxicant.

60-Notice Trends, October 2020: Diethanolamine in Cosmetic Products

A slew of notices alleging that cosmetic products contain diethanolamine (DEA) have been served on cosmetic companies recently.

CHEMICAL OF THE MONTH: Furan

Furan is a colorless, volatile liquid ordinarily used in chemical manufacturing industries.

OEHHA to List Two Substances as Proposition 65 Carcinogens

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced its "intent to list" Molybdenum Trioxide and Indium Tin Oxide as carcinogens pursuant to Proposition 65.

OEHHA Extends the Comment Period on Synthetic Food Dye Study

In August the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced the conclusions of its recent study of the potential effects of exposure to seven synthetic dyes on neurobehavioral activities in children

OEHHA Issues a New Fact Sheet on Flame Retardants

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a new fact sheet on flame retardants.

EPA Grants Third Manufacturer Initiated TSCA Assessment

U.S EPA has for the third time approved a request by a manufacturer to initiate a risk assessment of a chemical pursuant to TSCA. The agency will do an assessment of Octamethylcyclotetra-siloxane (D4).

District Court Nixes Berkeleys Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance, But Does Not Rule of First Amendment Issue In Case

A San Francisco district judge has invalidated a city of Berkeley ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to provide warnings about radio frequency (RF) radiation—ruling that it is preempted by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority on consumer cell phone warnings.

HBCD Final Risk Assessment is Third Under Revised TSCA

U.S. EPA has made Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and its related compounds the third existing chemical to have a final risk evaluation under the 2016 version of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Court Rejects ACC's Petition to Overturn Prop. 65 Listing of DINP

On August 17 of this year the American Chemistry Council (ACC) filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking to overturn the listing of the substance diisononyl phthalate (DINP) as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

Hearing Cancelled But Comments Remain Open on Proposed Acrylamide Safe Harbors

EPA Finalizes Risk Evaluation Scope Documents for Next 20 Chemicals Along With List of Fee Payers

On September 4, 2020 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the "scope" documents for the next 20 high priority chemicals for which it will finalize risk evaluations pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Judge's Decision Ends Ten Year Battle Over Coffee Warnings

Judge Elihu Berle of the Los Angeles County Superior Court has dismissed a ten-year effort by a Proposition 65 private enforcer to require purveyors of brewed coffee to place a cancer warning on their products.