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FYI Column: August 2022

Here is a roundup of recent news articles that may be of interest to Prop. 65 Clearinghouse readers.

As You Sow, Chocolate Makers Release Study on Lead and Cadmium

The Proposition 65 plaintiff's group As You Sow and the National Confectioners Association have issued a joint report examining how lead and cadmium get into chocolate and ways to reduce lead and cadmium levels.

IARC Releases Monograph Covering Four Possible Carcinogens

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is announcing the publication of Volume 130 of its Monographs covering 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and four other industrial chemicals.

OEHHA Proposes Safe Harbor Level for Antimony Trioxide

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed setting a safe harbor level for the flame retardant antimony trioxide under Proposition 65.

Prop. 65 60-Day Notices Roundup and Analysis: May 2022

In the month of May, there were a total of 261 60-day notices of violation filed with the California Attorney General's office.

EPA Proposes Rule to Require TRI Reporting of DINP

On August 8 U.S. EPA proposed a "supplemental rule" that would add a Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.

EPA Finalizes Changes to SNUR Requirements That Are Coordinated With HCS

U.S. EPA has finalized changes to its TSCA Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) published in the July 5, 2022 Federal Register.

EPA Finalizes Scope for Part Two of Asbestos Risk Evaluation

On June 29, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluation Including Legacy Uses and Associated Disposals of Asbestos.

FYI Column: July 2022

Here is a roundup of recent news articles that may be of interest to Prop. 65 Clearinghouse readers.

OEHHA Augments Record for Glyphosate Safe Harbor to Include EPA FIFRA Health Documents Invalidated By Ninth Circuit

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is currently proposing a Proposition 65 "safe harbor" warning for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide.

State AGs Keep Up Pressure on FDA and DFA to Act on Toxics in Baby Foods

Last October, a coalition of 22 state attorneys general, including California's Rob Bonta, filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture imploring those agencies to take immediate action to reduce toxic metal levels in baby food.

AG Coalition Seeks Stronger Asbestos Protections in Comment on Initial Risk Management Rule

In April, U.S. EPA proposed its first ever risk management rule (management rule) under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by banning most current uses of chrysotile asbestos.

South Coast Air District Ramps Up Enforcement Over Ethylene Oxide Emissions

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has taken new enforcement actions against ethylene oxide facilities in Vernon, Carson and Ontario as part of a wider investigation into the potential hazards posed by such sites.

Recent DTSC Workshop Focused on Four Chemicals in Nail Products

The Department of Toxic Substances Control held a workshop on July 27 that focused on four chemicals used in nail products that the agency is looking at as possible "priority products" (PPs) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program.

Proposal to List Toluene Nail Products as Priority Product Modified to Establish a Threshold

In October 2021 the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) proposed to list Nail Products Containing Toluene as a Priority Product (PP) pursuant to the agency's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

State OK's Neonicotinoid Use After Concern Over Groundwater Pollution

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will allow continued use of the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid, completing a review that arose after elevated levels of the chemical were found in 15 groundwater wells.

Governor Signs Comprehensive Bill to Cut Plastic Use and Boost Recycling

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed sweeping legislation to fight plastic pollution by requiring plastic producers to reduce single-use plastics, boost recycling and take responsibility for managing plastic waste.

FYI Column: June 2022

Here is this month's roundup of recent news articles of interest.

EPA Proposes to Update CBI Requirements Under TSCA

On May, 12 U.S. EPA proposed a rule relating to the assertion and maintenance of confidential business information (CBI) claims under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA Issues First Order Requiring Companies to Test PFAS Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a "test order" under TSCA requiring four companies to test the health effects of exposure to a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contained in their products.