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OEHHA Proposes Prop 65 Safe Harbor Level for Metham Sodium

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a proposed safe harbor level for exposure to the Proposition 65 listed chemical metham sodium.

DTSC Adds Food Packaging and Lead Acid Batteries to Product Categories for Possible Regulation under the SCP

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has released a draft of what would be its second Priority Product Work Plan laying out product categories that it will study for possible identification as "priority products" under the Department’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program.

OEHHA Study Finds Significant Decline in Gasoline Pollutants

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released an analysis showing a significant decline in the level of pollutants attributable to gasoline from 1996 to 2014.

Commenters Have Sharply Different Views of DTSC's Proposed Designation of Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers as a SCP Priority Product

In November the Department of Toxic Substances Control announced it was proposing to designate "paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride" as a priority product pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

OEHHA Takes Step to List Metalworking Fluid TRIMĀ® VX under Prop. 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed listing the metalworking fluid TRIM® VX as a carcinogen under Proposition 65.

DTSC Review Panel Issues Final Report Citing Progress with Much More Still to be Done

The Independent Review Panel (IRP), panel charged with making recommendations to improve the operation of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, has issued its final report after two years of existence.

State Pesticide Regulators to Take New Look at Safety of Two Pyrethroid Pesticides

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has announced it is launching a human health risk assessment of two kinds of pyrethroid pesticides—beta-cyfluthrin and cyfluthrin.

Dept. of Pesticide Regulation Halts Increased Use of Certain Pesticides

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has announced it will no longer permit the new or expanded use of pesticides that are currently going through a reevaluation process at the agency.

Glyphosate Case Correction

We recently filed a story discussing a lawsuit filed in federal district court by Monsanto Corporation and several agricultural associations [see Monsanto and Farm Groups Sue to Overturn Glyphosate Listing, December 21, 2017]...

OEHHA Clarifies Consumer Products Warning Requirements for Internet Sales

On August 30 of this year a new set of regulations governing what constitutes a "clear and reasonable warning" for Proposition 65 purposes becomes effective.

Court Finds That Insurance Coverage Triggered By Prop. 65 Suit and Not 60-day Notice

A federal court in Washington State has ruled that an insurance company could not deny a claim from its insured based on its argument that the claim was originally made in a Proposition 65 notice of intent-to-sue (60-day notice) that the insured received prior to the coverage period.

DTSC SCP Proposal on Methylene Chloride May Have Greater Significance After EPA Delays Its Own Rulemakings

In November the Department of Toxic Substances Control announced it was proposing to designate "paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride" as a priority product pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

OEHHA Proposes Safe Harbor Level for Bromodichloroacetic Acid

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed a safe harbor level or no significant risk level (NSRL) for the Proposition 65 listed carcinogen bromodichloroacetic acid.

OEHHA Issues Safe Use Determination for Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP) in Carpet Tile

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a safe use determination (SUD) under Proposition 65 for exposure to diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in a particular brand of modular carpet tile.

OEHHA Finalizes Minor Changes to Prop. 65 Warning Regulations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a final version of minor revisions to its regulations governing "clear and reasonable warnings" under Proposition 65.

EPA Agrees to Revise Size Standards for TSCA Reporting Purposes

On November 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the current standards for the size of businesses exempt from certain reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) should be revised. The agency will now proceed with a rulemaking to carry out that finding.

Monsanto and Farm Groups Sue to Overturn Glyphosate Listing

On November 15 Monsanto Company, along with several agricultural associations, filed suit to overturn California's recent listing of the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen under Proposition 65. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in several herbicide brands, including Monsanto's Roundup, generally believed to be the most widely used herbicide in the world.

OEHHA'S Carcinogen Identification Committee Nixes Listing Coumarin under Prop. 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA) Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) has rejected adding coumarin to the list of Proposition 65 chemicals.

DTSC Proposes to Designate Paint or Varnish Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride as Priority Product

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has proposed to designate "paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride" as a Priority Product pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program. This will be the third product category formally proposed as a Priority Product.

OEHHA Panel Approves Listing Chlorpyrifos and N-Hexane as Developmental Toxicants under Prop 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) has voted unanimously to list the pesticide chlorpyrifos as a developmental toxicant under Proposition 65. DARTIC also approved the listing of n-hexane as a male reproductive toxicant at the same meeting.