DTSC Finalizes Identifying PFAS in Carpets and Rugs as Fourth Priority Product

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has finalized its identification of PFAs in Carpets and Rugs as a Priority Product (PP) pursuant to its Safer Consumer Products program.

Newsom, Legislature Reach Deal on DTSC Reform

Gov. Gavin Newsom has reached a final budget deal with the Legislature, including signing legislation to overhaul the financing and governance of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

9th Circuit Orders EPA to Update Lead-Based Paint Standards

For the second time in the last four years the 9th Circuit court of Appeals has ordered U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its lead-based paint standards.

EPA Will Require Health and Safety Data for Fifty Chemicals

U.S. EPA has announced that it will require manufacturers (including importers) to provide the agency with specified health and safety data for 50 specific chemicals pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA Appoints New Members to TSCA Advisory Committee

U.S. EPA has announced that it appointed new members and a new Chair to the Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC).

OEHHA Proposes Voluntary Safe Harbor Warning for Glyphosate

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is proposing a new safe harbor warning covering exposure to the herbicide glyphosate. The proposed warning can be used by anyone responsible for exposing individuals to any herbicide containing the substances and its use will be entirely voluntary.

Appellate Court Upholds State's Drinking Water Standard for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane

A state appellate court has upheld the state's drinking water standard for 1,2,3-trichloropropane (123-TCP), rejecting claims that the State Water Resources Control Board failed to properly assess the rule's economic effects.

U.S. EPA Will Make Major Changes in is Evaluation of the First Ten TSCA Risk Evaluations

U.S. EPA has announced several policy changes it is making in its administration of risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

DTSC Investigating Several Chemicals in Tires for Priority Product Designation

The Department of Toxic Substances Control will hold three workshops on July 28 and 29 to solicit information on several chemicals found in tires that it is investigating for possible listing as Priority Products (PPs) under the agency's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

Monsanto and Ag Allies Rebut California's Reliance on Alternative Warnings in Glyphosate Prop. 65 Appeal

A group of agricultural interests argue the California can't rely on alternative warning language in lieu of a standard Proposition 65 cancer warning in its appeal to the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower ruling invalidating the state's warning requirement for glyphosate.

EPA Takes New Actions to Limit Risks from PFAS

U.S. EPA has announced three actions it is taking to reduce the potential risk to individuals from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Bill Banning PFAS in Children's Products Advances

The California State Assembly has passed proposed legislation that would ultimately ban any new children's product containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from being sold or distributed in California.

Activists Use Proposition 65 to Facilitate The Closure of Two Kern County Wastewater Pits

Clean Water Fund and the Association of Irritated Residents have announced a settlement with the operators of two of California's last disposal pits for toxic wastewater that will force the facilities to cease discharges into the pits as early as September of this year.

OEHHA Proposes Listing Tetrahydrofuran and Three Acrylates

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed listing tetrahydrofuran, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, methyl acrylate, trimethylolpropane triacrylate - technical grade as carcinogens under Proposition 65.

Ninth Circuit Stays Lower Court Decision Enjoining Prop. 65 Acrylamide Lawsuits

In March, the U.S. District Court for Eastern California issued a preliminary injunction barring the filing of any new proposition 65 lawsuit based on the failure to provide a warning that a product contains acrylamide.

California AG Announces Settlement With EPA Over Asbestos Data

New California Attorney General Rob Bonta has announced a settlement with U.S. EPA committing the federal agency to enhance its data reporting rule as it pertains to asbestos.

9th Circuit Issues Yet Another Order for EPA to Act on Chlorpyrifos

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has again rebuked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its handling of the pesticide chlorpyrifos—ordering the agency to make a final decision on whether the pesticide can safely be used on food crops.

Bayer Suffers Two Big Setbacks in Roundup Litigation

The Bayer Corporation has suffered two major setbacks in its ongoing defense of thousands of claims that its Roundup fungicide product is responsible for the cancer suffered by the plaintiffs.

Final Report Links Synthetic Food Dyes and Hyperactivity in Children

Last August the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a draft report that assessed the potential neurobehavioral effect of synthetic food dyes.

OEHHA Seeks Data To Support NSRL for the Pesticide 1,3-D

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is seeking data from the public supporting the development of a no significant risk level (NSRL) for the pesticide 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D).