State Water Board Asks OEHHA to Consider Cyanotoxin Drinking Water Risks

The State Water Resources Control Board's (SWB's) Division of Drinking Water has requested the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) develop water quality monitoring recommendations for four cyanotoxins responsible for harmful algal blooms.

OEHHA Releases Latest Version of EnviroScreen EJ Screening Tool

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has released a draft of its update to its EnviroScreen tool used to determine California communities that suffer disproportionately from multiple sources of pollution.

AG's Opening Brief in Glyphosate Prop. 65 Warning Appeal Will Rely on Customized Warning

The California Attorney General has filed the state's opening brief in its Ninth Circuit appeal of a U.S. District Court decision finding that a Proposition 65 warning requirement for products containing glyphosate violates the First Amendment.

Metal Recycler Schnitzer Steel Reaches $4.1 Million Hazardous Waste Settlement

State and local prosecutors have reached a $4.1 million settlement with Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., a metal recycling company, for alleged hazardous waste violations at its West Oakland facility.

State Water Board Proposes Water Monitoring Standards for PFBS

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) has proposed drinking water monitoring standards for perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS)—a toxic chemical that is part of the wider group of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that regulators have targeted for cleanup.

DTSC Proposes to Add Children's Products and Tires to Latest SCP Work Plan

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has released a draft of its 2021-2023 Priority Product Work Plan that is the first step in identifying consumer products that it is considering naming as Priority Products (PPs) under the agency's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program.

OEHHA Will Require Additional Prop. 65 Warnings for Internet and Catalog Sales of Alcoholic Beverages

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has finalized changes to its regulations governing what constitutes a "clear and reasonable warning" under Proposition 65 in the case of an online or catalog sale of alcoholic beverages.

California's Furniture Flammability Standard Adopted on a National Basis

Congress has adopted a new standard for the flammability of upholstered furniture that mimics California's 2013 version.

Congressional Report Finds Toxic Metals in Baby Food

A recent congressional report found that many of the products made by the country's largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

60-Day Notice Trends: AG Sends Recent Letter to Enforcers About Lead in Chocolate Notices

For two decades, Prop. 65 enforcers have been targeting lead and cadmium present in chocolate.

Supreme Court Puts Final Nail in Effort to Block Enhanced BPA Listing

On January 27 the California Supreme Court rejected a request for an order "depublishing" an appellate court decision in ACC v. OEHHA upholding the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA's) listing of Bisphenol A (BPA) as a developmental reproductive toxicant.

EPA Issues Orders Seeking Data from Manufacturers of Nine Chemicals

For the second time U.S. EPA has used Section 4 of the 2016 amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to obtain data from manufacturers of chemicals undergoing risk evaluations under the Act.

EPA Issues Final Risk Evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29

U.S. EPA has issued a final risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV 29) pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

DTSC Moves to Create Temporary Permit System for Treated Wood Waste

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is planning to create a temporary permitting program to deal with the disposal of treated wood waste (TWW) after the existing legal framework for handling the material expired at the new year.

EPA Issues Final TSCA Evaluation for 1,4-Dioxane

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Final Evaluation of Pigment Violet 29 Still Not Complete

By December 31, 2020 U.S. EPA had finalized (or partially finalized in the case of asbestos) risk evaluations of nine of the ten initial chemicals slated for evaluation pursuant to the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

DTSC Says it Will Ask Tire Makers to Consider Removing Zinc

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced that it is looking at listing motor vehicle tires containing zinc as a Priority Product (PP) under DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program (SCP).

60-Day Notice Trends: January 2021

303 60-Day notices were served in December 2020. The resurgent trend of cocamide DEA notices continued.

Attorney General Becerra Sues Seafood Companies for Exposing Consumers to Lead and Cadmium

The State of California, represented by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, filed a lawsuit against five companies that sell seafood in California.

EPA's Final TSCA Evaluation for Asbestos is Far From Final

On December 30, 2020 U.S. EPA released what it describes as its final risk evaluation for asbestos.