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Judge Dismisses Monsanto Suit Seeking to Block Listing of Glyphosate

OEHHA

A Fresno County Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by Monsanto Corporation seeking to block the listing of glyphosate as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

DTSC Emphasizes Flexibility in First Public Discussion of AA Guidance

GREEN CHEMISTRY, ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT, CALIFORNIA

The Department of Toxic Substances Control emphasized the flexibility built into its draft Alternatives Analysis Guidance in the agency’s first public discussion of the newly released document at a webinar held on January 10.

EPA Finalizes Nanomaterials Reporting Rule

TSCA, US EPA, REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

U.S. EPA has finalized a new rule that will require manufacturers and processors of nanoscale versions of existing chemicals to meet certain specified reporting and record keeping requirements. The new rule, which was published in the January 12 Federal Register, will become effective on Friday, May 12.

OEHHA Issues Two Additional DINP SUDs

OEHHA, PROPOSITION 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessments has issued Safe Use Determinations (SUDs) covering two products containing the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP).

OEHHA Proposes Safe Harbor Level for Malathion

OEHHA, PROPOSITION 65

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has proposed a no significant risk level (NSRL) of 180 micrograms/day for the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen malathion.

Heavy Metals, Lead Found in Popular Protein Bars

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST

Fox Business writer Jade Scipioni reported that some of the most popular protein bars contain heavy metals, like lead, and fail to meet their label claims.

EPA Removes 72 Pesticide Inert Ingredients from its Approved List

US EPA, CHEMICALS OF INTEREST

E. Chase Dressman, an attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, reported in Lexology that EPA recently identified 72 inert ingredients that it is removing from its approved list for use in pesticide products. 

EPA Glyphosate Panel Split on Chemical's Carcinogenicity

US EPA, CHEMICALS OF INTEREST

Steve Davies, writing for Agri-Pulse, reported on the 4-day meeting in December of a scientific advisory panel EPA convened to review evidence of whether glyphosate is a human carcinogen.

FDA Publishes Guidance on Heavy Metals in Cosmetics

US FDA, PRODUCTS OF INTEREST

CNN reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has turned a critical eye to lead in cosmetics such as lipstick, eye shadow and shampoo.

EPA Changes Course and Admits Link Between Fracking and Underground Water Supplies

US EPA, SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER EXPOSURE, REPORTS

Sameer V. Mohan, an attorney with Baker & Hostetler, wrote that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version on December 13 of its report titled "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States."

Competitive Enterprise Institute Wants Congress to Target EPA's IRIS and Safer Choice Programs

TSCA, US EPA, GREEN CHEMISTRY

Angela Logomasini, with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), wrote about what CEI would like to see the new Congress defund: EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) and Safer Choice program (formerly called “Design for the Environment”).

TSCA's Scientific Integrity Should Not Be an Issue with New Administration

US EPA, TSCA

Pat Rizzuto reported in December at Bloomberg BNA about what may be expected from Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on FCN Submissions for Substances Intended to Contact Infant Food

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, US FDA

Keller and Heckman attorneys Cynthia Lieberman and George Misko reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) long-awaited draft guidance, which was released on December 8, 2016, regarding the preparation of Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) for food-contact substances (FCS's) that are intended to come into contact with infant formula and/or human (breast) milk (collectively "infant food").

NGOs File Suit to Compel CPSC to Issue Final Phthalates Rule

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, CHEMICALS OF INTEREST, LITIGATION, CPSC

Sheila Millar and Nathan Cardon, with Keller and Heckman law firm, recently reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and the Breast Cancer Fund, jointly filed suit in federal court in New York City on December 6, 2016, to compel the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a final rule on phthalates in children's products "as soon as possible."

New Study on Chemicals in Car Seats Finds Toxic Flame Retardants Still Widely Used

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, STUDIES

HealthyStuff.org recently released a new study on toxic chemicals in children's car seats. Environmental scientists at the Ecology Center said that this year's findings were an improvement from previous years, however there are still toxic chemicals found in car seats.

Ramifications for Chemical Industry with New EU Disclosure Mandate for Proprietary Pesticide Data

EUROPE

Harold Himmelman, Senior Counsel, and Alan Sachs, Principal, at Beveridge & Diamond law firm wrote about two landmark judgments on November 23, 2016, by the European Union's highest Court, the European Court of Justice.

EWG Sues FDA for Failure to Regulate "Brazilian Blowout" Products

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, US FDA

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its failure to protect the public from dangers associated with popular hair straightening treatments.

European Scientists Ramp Up Monitoring of Chemicals in People's Bodies

RISK ASSESSMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE, EUROPE, BIOMONITORING

Joanna Roberts reported in Horizon, the EU research and innovation magazine, that "European scientists are joining forces to find out more about the impact of common chemicals on human health, with the aim of providing solid evidence of risk that can feed into new regulations and policies."

Brexit: What to Expect and When

EU REACH

Zameer Qureshi, an attorney with Bergeson & Campbell, lays out a detailed view of the different departure scenerios under Brexit.

Harvard Business Review Takes Aim at Prop. 65 Warnings

WARNINGS

David Lazarus' column in the Los Angeles Times reported on a recently published paper in the Harvard Business Review that concluded that the U.S. warning-label system "fails miserably at distinguishing between large and small risks."