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Court Awards State $1.6 Million in Lead and Cadmium in Jewelry Case

The California Attorney General's Office has won a $1.6 million default judgment against a company that it accused of selling jewelry containing excessive amounts of lead and cadmium.

DTSC Lists SPF Systems as Second Priority Product under Its SCP Program

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has listed spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (SPF Systems) as a "Priority Product" pursuant to the department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program; effective as of July 1.

Environmental Groups File Opening Brief in Ninth Circuit Challenging TSCA Framework Rules

Fifteen organizations—including environmental groups, unions, public health groups, and local advocates—have joined together to file an opening brief with the Ninth Circuit challenging U.S. EPA's major "framework rules" implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

OEHHA Floats Change to Prop. 65 Safe Harbor Warning Language for Pesticides

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed a change to its Proposition 65 warning regulations for certain pesticides to address a conflict in labeling requirements between Prop. 65 and state and federal pesticide laws.  

State Appellate Court Approves Prop. 65 Glyphosate Listing

A state appellate court has upheld the state's listing of the herbicide glyphosate under Proposition 65, rejecting arguments by Monsanto Co. that it violated the California and U.S. Constitution.

Are 60-day Notices for Furfuryl Alcohol First in a Wave?

Six Proposition 65 60-day intent-to-sue notices have recently been filed targeting consumer products containing the recently listed substance Furfuryl Alcohol (FFA).

In Midst of Court Battles, OEHHA Finalizes Glyphosate Prop. 65 Safe Harbor Level

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has finalized a safe harbor level for glyphosate under Proposition 65, although a federal district court has temporarily blocked enforcement of the Prop. 65 requirement to warn the public about glyphosate.

OEHHA Seeks Data on Gentian Violet and N-nitrosohexamethyleneimine

The Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has asked its Science Advisory Board's Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) to consider listing gentian violet and N-nitrosohexamethyleneimine under Proposition 65.

Group Rescinds Petition to OEHHA Seeking Revised Lead Safe Harbor Level

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has withdrawn a petition it had filed with the Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) requesting it revise the safe harbor levels for lead exposures under Proposition 65.

Judge Approve Settlement Covering Prop. 65 Warnings by Chocolate Manufacturers

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has approved a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that manufacturers of certain chocolate products failed to provide Proposition 65 warnings that the products contained levels of cadmium and lead above safe harbor levels for those elements.

Critics of Draft Priority Product Work Plan Complain About Lack of Detail and Regulatory Overlap

In February the Department of Toxic Substances Control 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.

Coffee Sellers Likely to Have to Post Prop. 65 Warnings on Their Products

A trial judge in Los Angeles has issued a tentative opinion that, if finalized, is likely to require sellers of brewed coffee to place Proposition 65 warnings of the presence of acrylamide in their products.

Safer Consumer Products Legislation 2017-2018

The following are recently introduced or amended bills on safer consumer products issues introduced during the 2017-2018 legislative cycle.

Prop. 65 Legislation 2017-2018

The following is a Senate Concurrent Resolution about Prop. 65 introduced during the 2017-2018 legislative cycle.

Judge Concludes Requiring Prop. 65 Warning on Glyphosate Products Violates First Amendment

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) or anyone else from enforcing Proposition 65's warning requirement for the recently listed pesticide ingredient glyphosate.

OEHHA Proposes Safe Harbor Warning Language for Residential Rental Units

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed creating safe harbor warning language under Proposition 65 tailored for exposures to listed chemicals in residential rental units.  

EPA Proposes TSCA Fee Rule

On February 8, U.S. EPA issued a proposed rule establishing fees to be paid by chemical manufacturers or importers for actions covered by the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act. This "fees rule" is the fourth and final "framework" rule that EPA is required to adopt pursuant to the new law.

DTSC Intends to List Carpets and Rugs Containing PFAs as a Priority Product

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has announced that it is planning to list carpets and rugs containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) as a "priority product" pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

New Coalition Will Support Industry Attack on IARC

A group of industry and business interests has launched a new coalition seeking to "reform" the process utilized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in its Monograph program.

OEHHA Seeks Comments on Latest Version of Nitrate/Nitrite Drinking Water PHG

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is seeking comments on a proposed technical support document (TSD) that will be used to support a proposed Public Health Goal (PHG) for nitrate and nitrite in drinking water.