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Brown Makes Appointments to DARTIC and CIC

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Irva Hertz-Picciotto and reappointed Laurence Baskin and Tracey Woodruff to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) and has appointed Dana Loomis and reappointed Joseph R. Landolph and Thomas Mack to the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC).

California Supreme Court Depublishes Prop. 65 Cereal Decision

The California Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court decision holding that a  Proposition 65 suit over acrylamide in breakfast cereals is preempted by federal law. However, the Court granted requests by the California Attorney General and several environmental groups to depublish the lower court decision meaning that the case cannot be cited as precedent.

OEHHA Risk Assessment on Food Dyes Could Lead to Regulation

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is seeking information on nine common food dyes as part of a risk assessment it is undertaking on the neurological and neurobehavioral impacts of exposure to the dyes.

OEHHA Finalizes Change to Safe Harbor Warning Language for Pesticides

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has finalized a change to its safe harbor warning regulations under Proposition 65 for certain pesticides.

OEHHA Extends Comment Deadline for Proposed Listing of p-Chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has extended the public comment period for its proposal to list p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene under Proposition 65.

EPA Publishes First Draft Risk Assessment Under New TSCA Legislation

On November 15 U.S. EPA published its first draft risk assessment of a chemical pursuant to the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TSCA).

With Nationwide Ban in Limbo, State Recommends Limits on Chlorpyrifos

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has recommended interim restrictions on the use of the potent neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos while it develops permanent restrictions on the pesticide.

OEHHA Proposes Tweaks to Recently Enacted Prop. 65 Warning Regulations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing changes to the rules governing warnings under Proposition 65 to clarify the requirements for manufacturers, intermediaries and retail sellers to provide warning information for products containing listed chemicals.

OEHHA Proposes Listing p-Chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene Under Prop. 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed listing the solvent p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (PCBTF) as a carcinogen under Proposition 65.

CIC Lists Two Chemicals as Carcinogens

On November 1 the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) held its annual meeting and listed Gentian Violet and N-Nitrosohexamethyleneimine (NHEX) as carcinogens under Proposition 65. The vote to list the two substances was unanimous and there was no opposition to either listing.

OEHHA Issues Clarifications of Proposed Safe Harbor Language for Rental Units

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

OEHHA to Hold Hearing on Change to Reproductive Toxicant Exposure Calculations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will hold a public hearing on its previously announced proposal to alter how exposures to reproductive toxicants in food should be calculated to comply with Proposition 65.

Soluble Nickel Compounds Listed as Reproductive Toxicant at DARTIC Meeting

The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) has listed soluble nickel compounds as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxicant.

U.S. EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule

On September 27, U.S. EPA finalized its fees rule pursuant to the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act). 

EPA Issues Proposed Approach for Identifying Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization

U.S. EPA has issued what it describes as a "Working Approach for Identifying Potential Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization" under the 2016 amendments (the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act) to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

OEHHA Proposes Changes to Calculating Exposure Levels to Reproductive Toxicants in Food

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed changes to how exposures to reproductive toxicants in food should be calculated in order to comply with Proposition 65.

OEHHA Proposes Listing Cancer Drug Bevacizumab under Prop. 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed listing the cancer drug bevacizumab, marketed under the brand name Avastin, as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65.

OEHHA Floats Drinking Water Goals for Four Trihalomethanes

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed what would be the first public health goals (PHG's) for four trihalomethanes in drinking water—chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane (BDCM) and dibromochloromethane (DBCM).

OEHHA Floats Safe Harbor Levels for N-Hexane

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed two safe harbor levels for the Proposition 65-listed chemical n-hexane.

DTSC Considering Listing NMP-Containing Paint Strippers as Priority Product

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is considering the listing of Paint and Varnish Strippers and Graffiti Removers containing 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP strippers) as a "Priority Product" pursuant to the Department's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.