Department of Pesticide Regulation sets new limits on widely-used fumigant


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has issued a new rule to limit the use of the popular pesticide 1,3-D dichloropropene(1,3-D) in order to reduce air pollution from the cancer-causing chemical.

Federal Judge Rejects Attempt to Rely on Prop. 65 for Unfair Competition Claim Against Makers of Electronic Cigarettes


A federal District Court judge in San Francisco has rejected an attempt to use California’s unfair competition law to bar the sale of electronic cigarettes based on the violation of Proposition 65. Judge James Donato has ruled that the plaintiff will have to show a violation of a law other than Prop. 65, because he failed to provide the 60-day notice of intent-to-sue required by the Proposition.

Items You Shouldn't Buy at the Dollar Store

Products of Interest

The value of so-called "Dollar Stores" can be alluring, but as the saying goes, you often get what you pay for including items of poor quality and things that may contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

Dow Sued Over Failure to Warn Prior to Pesticide Application


The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed suit against Dow Agroscience accusing the company of manufacturing and selling the pesticide Telone in California without providing a required Proposition 65 warning.

Health Groups Continue to Oppose Allowing Temporary Use of BPA Without Warning Labels


Health groups are continuing to oppose a proposal by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to allow manufacturers of food products to continue to use cans and bottles with linings containing the controversial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). Not only are the groups opposing the agency’s proposal to allow the temporary use of BPA through the end of 2017, but they are also arguing that BPA should be identified as a “priority product” under the state’s Safer Consumer Products program.

NTP to Begin Toxicity Analysis of Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields

NTP, Products of Interest

The National Toxicology Program (NTP), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will begin testing synthetic turf athletic fields for health risks posed by the increasingly popular playing surfaces.

Comments on SCP's First Priority Product Designation Are More Concerned With Future Designations

Green Chemistry

Those commenting on the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s first proposed designation of a “priority product” under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program are less concerned with the product itself and more concerned with any precedent it sets as to future designations.

OEHHA Finalizes Major Rewrite of Warning Regulations


The state Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the final version of a major rewrite of the Proposition 65 warning regulations submitted by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

AG Finalizes Revision of Private Party Litigation Regulations

The Office of Administrative Law on August 30 approved major changes adopted by the Attorney General’s office in its regulations governing private party lawsuits under Proposition 65.

Carcinogen Panel Will Consider Prioritizing Five Chemicals For Possible Listing


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has announced the identification of five chemicals as candidates for listing as carcinogens under Proposition 65 by the agency's expert panel for carcinogens--the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC).

Expert Panel Will Consider Delisting of Chloroform


The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) will meet to consider delisting chloroform as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxicant.

CIC Will Consider Listing of Nitrite In Combination With Amines and Amides


On Tuesday, November 15 the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will meet to consider whether to list Nitrite in Combination With Amines or Amides as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

Policy Expert Says TSCA Reform Will do Little to Protect Public Health


With the passage of the long-awaited reform to the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), environmentalists and industry representatives both celebrated the new law as a coming together of the two sides for the greater good.

Prop. 65 Violations Issued for Thermal Receipt Paper


Since the California added bisphenol A (BPA) to its list of chemicals requiring warning labels under Prop. 65, much attention has been paid to the linings in aluminum cans where BPA is a common ingredient.

Coalition of Doctors, Advocates, Scientists Call to Protect Children from Harmful Chemicals

Regulatory Reform

A group of more than 50 doctors, advocates, scientists and public health officials are calling for increased regulation of at least half a dozen chemicals they say can be harmful to children.

Senior IARC Staffer Discusses Ongoing Glyphosate Issues


As chemical safety regulators continue to debate the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's popular herbicide RoundUp, Euronews sat down with Kurt Straif, a senior scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to discuss the ongoing issues.

Chemical Industry Advocate Pens Opinion Bashing Prop. 65

OEHHA, People in the News

In an op-ed published in the Orange County Register, David Fischer, a senior director at the American Chemistry Council, celebrated the 30th anniversary of California's Prop. 65 by lampooning the law, saying it has led to "mounting costs and elusive benefits."

Glyphosate to Stay on European Markets For At Least Another Year


The world's most-used herbicide, glyphosate, will stay on European Markets for at least 12 months as regulators await the results of a study to assess its safety after accusations it is carcinogenic.

Concentrate From Apple Juice Processor Found to Contain High Levels of Arsenic

Products of Interest

A Washington apple processor was warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this summer after concentrate from the facility was found to contain levels of arsenic nearly nine times higher than the federal limit of 9 parts per billion.

OEHHA Lists 1-Bromopropane as Carcinogen Over Objections


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has listed the solvent 1-bromopropane (1-BP) (CAS #106-94-5) as a carcinogen under Proposition 65 pursuant to the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. In finalizing the listing OEHHA rejected comments submitted by the Ablemarle Corporation.

Environmental Groups Announce First Prop. 65 Settlement Covering Oil and Gas Wastewater Pits


Three environmental groups have reached a settlement of a Proposition 65 lawsuit against a Kern County company that operates oil and gas produced wastewater disposal facilities. The groups are touting the settlement as the first successful challenge under Prop. 65 of what they contend are hundreds of unregulated discharges of oil wastewater into unlined disposal pits in several California counties.

What TSCA Reform Means for Businesses


With the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the long awaited update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), many new regulations are scheduled to be put into force in the coming years with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) power expanded under the new reforms.

Advocates Call on Nation's Top Grocery Retailers to Pull Products Containing BPA

Products of Interest, OEHHA

More than 100,000 people have signed petitions calling on the country's two biggest grocery chains, Kroger and Albertsons, to remove canned food containing bishphenol A (BPA) from their shelves.

Study Finds Numerous Hazardous Chemicals in Garden Hoses

Products of Interest

A study from the consumer product testing website has ranked the best and worst of commonly used garden hoses in terms of toxic chemicals including lead, phthalates and flame retardants.

Advocacy Group Creates Database of 16,000 Products Containing BPA

Products of Interest

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created an easily searchable database of products containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to reproductive harm and hormone disruption.

GAO Skewers FDA Over Lack of Measurable Regulatory Science Goals


In two reports, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency's lack of measurable benchmarks for progress in advancing regulatory science and for failing to coordinate adequately between its medical product centers.

Chemical Industry Group Director Calls for Prop. 65 Reform

Regulatory Reform

Prop. 65 is outdated and badly in need of reform, according to David Fischer, a senior director at the American Chemical Council (ACC), which advocates for chemical manufacturers.

Experts Warn Against Triclosan in Building Materials

Products of Interest

As manufacturers of building materials and builders themselves seek greener alternatives to traditional products, experts are warning the public about some unintended consequences of the new alternatives.

Study Finds no Link Between Exposure to PBDEs and Childhood Obesity


Prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors has been linked to childhood obesity, but researchers have found that one such group of chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), could have the inverse effect.

Higher Concentrations of Parabens Lead to Lower Fertility Rates, Study Finds


Researchers have linked exposure to parabens and other antimicrobial chemicals, which are pervasive and can disrupt hormonal function, with reduced fecundity.

Hundreds of Chemicals Found to be Building up in Americans' Bodies, Advocacy Group finds


A report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that hundreds of carcinogenic chemicals are building up in the bodies of the American public.

Lawmakers Looking at EPA Glyphosate Review for Bias


Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are conducting an investigation into a recent review of glyphosate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after charges that staff at the agency may have influenced the World Health Organization's (WHO) own review of the chemical.

California Supreme Court OKs New Defense in Product Liability Cases


Suppliers who get sued in product liability cases will have a new defense as the California Supreme Court has formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine"

OEHHA Lists Sedaxane as Proposition 65 Carcinogen Despite Objections


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has listed sedaxane(CAS # 874967-67-6) as a Proposition 65 carcinogen, effective as of July 1, 2016. The listing was finalized over the strong objection of the Syngenta Corporation.

OEHHA Issues SUD for DINP Submitted by RFCI


On June 24, The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment granted a request by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for a safe use determination(SUD) covering exposure to residents of homes and other facilities from vinyl flooring containing the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP).

Mateel Appeals Adverse Decision on Lead MADL


To no one's great surprise, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation has appealed a recent decision by the Alameda County Superior Court upholding the Proposition 65 safe harbor level for exposure to lead. MEJF v. OEHHA will now go to the First District Court of Appeal.

Researchers Find Potentially Hazardous Chemicals in E-cigarette Flavorings


As use of e-cigarettes continues to grow, scientists have yet to come to solid conclusions on what exactly the health effects of their continued use could be over the long term.

Researchers Formulate New Method for Navigating Mechanistic Data

Risk assessment

There exists no shortage of data around which environmental chemicals cause cancer but, until recently, there was no method to systematically organize and evaluate mechanistic data on human carcinogens.

Pizza Hut Moves to Cut Two Chemicals from Products, Reduce Antibiotics

Products of Interest

Pizza Hut has pledged to remove two chemicals, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), from its products and cut down on the use of chicken raised using antibiotics and preservatives in cheese.

Federal Cellphone Guidelines Could Change After Study Reveals Tumors in Rats


A study on the effects of cellphone radiation has revealed that the waves could cause tumors in laboratory animals and could lead to a change in federal guidelines governing cellphones.

British Clothing Company Goes PFC-Free

Products of Interest

Páramo, an English maker of outdoor clothing, has embraced a call by Greenpeace to take perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) out of their products.

OEHHA Withdraws and Immediately Re-proposes Same Safe Harbor Level for All of Triazine Pesticides


In June of last year the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment proposed identical maximum allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) (safe harbors) of 100 micrograms/day (oral) for six so-called triazine pesticides and their breakdown products. The agency has now withdrawn that proposal, because it couldn't complete it within one year due to litigation over the listings of the pesticides. It then immediately re-proposed the same safe harbor levels, which will give OEHHA another year to finalize them.

OEHHA Issues SUD for DINP in Carpet Tiles


On May 27 OEHHA granted a request by Tandus Centiva, Inc. for a Safe Use Determination (SUD) covering exposure to residents and carpet installers to vinyl carpet tiles containing the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen diisononyl phthalate (DINP).

OEHHA Announces Intent to List Bromodichloroacetic Acid


OEHHA has announced its notice of intent to list Bromodichloroacetic acid as a Proposition 65 carcinogen. The proposed listing is based on the authoritative bodies listing mechanism with the authoritative body in this instance being the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

IARC Concludes That Coffee is Non-Carcinogenic


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that coffee is non-carcinogenic and, in fact, may be beneficial in warding off some types of cancers. IARC also concluded that the popular South American drink mate is not a carcinogen, but that drinking "very hot" beverages probably causes cancer of the esophagus in humans.

Stanford Study Finds Triclosan Has Minimal Effect on Gut Bacteria


Researchers at Stanford University have found exposure to triclosan, a common ingredient in hand sanitizers and other household products, has little impact on the bacteria in the gut.

SC Johnson Reveals Potentially Dangerous Secret Ingredients in UK Cleaners

Products of Interest

Attempting to address the concerns of customers, SC Johnson revealed a list of secret ingredients in its scented cleaners marketed in the UK that could be potentially harmful.

Triclosan in Sanitizers, Tooth Paste Can Diminish Diversity in Gut Microbiota, Study Says

Products of Interest

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that exposure to triclosan, a common ingredient in hand sanitizers, shampoo and tooth paste can affect the diversity and composition of bacteria in the gut in lab animals.

FDA Seeking Comment on Petition to Reconsider Safety of Ortho-phthalates


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting public comment on a petition submitted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) asking the agency to reconsider its ruling on additives in food packaging, which studies have lined to cancer and endocrine disruption.

Bill Would Require FDA to Evaluate Chemicals in Personal Care Products


A bill making its way through the Senate would task the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with evaluating the ingredients in personal care products - including toothpaste, shampoo and cosmetics - for substances that could be harmful, a responsibility currently left to product manufacturers.

Experts Study New Tools for Cancer Risk Assessment


Researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are looking at ways to add new factors in determining which chemicals the IARC Monographs Program examines for carcinogenicity.

Researchers Seek Broader Context for Chemical Exposure Data


Scientists looking to improve the study of interactions between environmental stressors and human or ecological receptors are looking to integrate more data into the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD).

Major Rewrite of TSCA Set for Obama Signature


The House of Representatives and the Senate have now both passed the same final version of a major rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - the first systematic change of a major federal environmental law since the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. President Obama is expected to quickly sign the new TSCA legislation (H.R. 2576) into law.

Study Links BPA, Phthalates with Pregnancy Complications


A study from researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Michigan has shown a significant link between elevated levels of bisphenol A and phthalates and pregnancy complications.

Industry Group to Help Retailers Comply with Prop. 65


An industry group representing grocery retailers has created a database and is offering free signs to help store owners comply with Prop. 65 and its rules surrounding bisphenol A (BPA).

New Bill Would Require Cleaning Products to Disclose Ingredients

Products of Interest

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., reintroduced legislation in May that would require manufacturers of cleaning products to list potentially harmful chemicals on labels and websites.

European Food Safety Agency Issues Warning For Contaminants in Vegetable Oils

Products of Interest

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a warning for contaminants in vegetable oils after data showed that they could pose potential health concerns "for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups"

FDA Finalizes Rule Restricting Tobacco Sales


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule that extends its authority to tobacco products including e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars.

Study Finds no Link Between Exposure to Organophosphate Insecticide and Cognitive Function


Researchers from France and Canada have found no evidence linking exposure to organophosphate insecticide (OP) with impaired cognitive function in children, going against the findings of several studies, which indicated the chemical impairs neurodevelopment.

New Technology Could Help Regulators Identify Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

Risk assessment

Computer-based risk assessment could soon make the job of regulators, tasked with analyzing some 80,000 chemicals in the U.S. marketplace, easier as technology helps define minimum exposure levels so lawmakers can focus on the most dangerous substances.

Experts Call for New Thinking in Risk Assessment

Risk assessment

Nearly 50 experts in environmental health are calling for a new approach to risk assessment following a study of current methods.

Chanler Group Leads in Prop. 65 Settlements for 2015


The Attorney General's office has prepared its latest report summarizing the results of court-approved settlements of Proposition 65 actions brought by private plaintiffs. The report shows that the group of plaintiffs represented by the Chanler Group of attorneys was responsible for the most settlements in 2015. Chanler also led the field in 2014. Also, as usual, the largest portion of the settlement proceeds went to the attorneys involved. In 2015 that amount represented 68% of the total proceeds.

EU Authorizes Use of Banned Chemical in Recycled Plastics

EU Reach

The European Union has voted to allow the use of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in recycled plastics just a little over a year after the chemical was banned due to links to adverse health problems associated with the substance.

Analysis Finds Glyphosate in Popular Breakfast Foods

Products of Interest

An examination of popular breakfast foods by the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, an advocacy group working to promote sustainable health, has found that 10 of the 24 items sampled contained the widely-used and much-maligned herbicide glyphosate.

OEHHA Finalizes the Listing of Three Major Pesticides Despite Opposition


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has finalized the listing of three widely used pesticides?terachorvinphos, parathion, and malathion-despite the opposition of agricultural interests and users of the pesticides, including the pesticide registrants. Listing of a fourth pesticide, glyphosate, is still being considered.

OEHHA Makes More Changes to Warning Regulations


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has made additional changes to its proposed rewrite of its regulations governing what constitutes a "clear and reasonable warning" under Proposition 65. These latest proposed changes respond to some of the concerned raised by business interests and other commenters on the most recent draft.

Maine Ban on BPA Highlights Regulatory Shortfalls

Federal/Other States' Legislation

A ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in Maine in 2011 was lauded as forward thinking and progressive, and the recent move by Campbell's Soups to stop using the chemical in its cans brought renewed attention to BPA, which studies have linked to endocrine disruption and developmental problems.

California Consumers Get New Warnings on Food, Drink Containers


Beginning Wednesday, Californians started seeing new warnings about a chemical, Bisphenol A, when they buy food at the grocery store.

Industry Groups Challenge EPA Ban on Certain Paraffins


A number of trade organizations and individual companies are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to ban production of five medium- and long-chain chlorinated paraffins, saying the agency exceeded its legal authority in doing so.

Researchers Examine Effects of Dual Exposure to BPA and Potassium Bromate


Bishphenol A (BPA) has long been associated with altered gene expression and epigenetic modification, but a group of researchers have found that exposure to the chemical, when co-exposed with potassium bromate (KBrO3), promotes cellular survival and generates reactive oxygen species in laboratory mice.

Study Finds Flame Retardant Impacts Immune Function in Mice


A study from researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, the University of Georgia and the California Department of Public Health has found that acute, low-dose exposure to some flame retardants can cause reduced immune function in laboratory mice.

Study Finds Fast Food Could Increase Exposure to Phthalates

Products of Interest

A study conducted by researchers at George Washington University has found that consumption of fast food could increase exposure risk to phthalates, a class of chemicals linked to cancer.

Consumer Advocates Sue to Force FDA Action on Perchlorate


A number of consumer advocacy organizations have filed a petition seeking to force action on the part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regards to perchlorate, which they called "an endocrine-disrupting chemical that interferes with the thyroid gland."

Business Groups Continue to Blast OEHHA's Proposed Changes in Warning Regulations


The effort by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to rewrite its regulations governing how Proposition 65 warnings should be given. continues to draw heavy criticism--primarily from business groups. Despite almost three years of effort by the agency, the business critics still condemn its latest effort with some of them suggesting the agency should simply give up. OEHHA also faces complaints from private party plaintiff groups including David Roe, the author of Prop. 65.

EU Moves To Cut Acceptable Levels of BPA in Food Packaging


The European Union (EU) has drastically reduced the acceptable daily intake level of bisphenol A (BPA) and has proposed regulations that would lower the tolerable level of the chemical, which has been linked to reproductive harm and other illnesses, in materials that come into contact with food.

Five Unexpected Items That Could Contain Asbestos

Products of Interest

Asbestos has come to be expected in things like antiquated insulation, fireproofing and flooring tiles, but there are a number of other common items that could contain the toxic substance, which has been shown to cause cancer.

Legal Experts Warn TSCA Reform Language Could Create Unnecessary Burdens for EPA


Some terminology being considered by lawmakers looking to reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could unintentionally force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take into account economic factors when regulating chemicals, according to a letter penned by more than 30 legal experts who oppose the language.

California Launches Prop. 65 Website Despite Warnings From Trade Groups


The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has launched a Prop. 65 warning website despite concerns from more than 170 trade groups.

OEHHA Lists Styrene Despite Objections and Proposes Safe Harbor


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has finalized its listing of styrene as a carcinogen under Proposition 65. In completing the listing, the agency rejected comments by styrene manufacturers and the business community. However, it also proposed a safe harbor for exposure to the chemical that may alleviate some of the industry criticism.

Environmental Groups Sue FDA Over Perchlorate in Food Packaging


A number of environmental advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to force the agency to ban perchlorate in food packaging.

Environmental Advocates, Industry Groups Prepare for TSCA Reform


As legislators continue to negotiate over reform proposals for the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), environmentalists and industry representatives are pushing for tweaks to the law as they prepare for its eventual implementation.

Berkeley Scientist Describes New Approach to Toxicity Assessment

Risk assessment

Current chemical toxicity assessments may miss a host of off-target effects, one researcher said, and scientists should be using the most modern methods available to get a full picture of potential toxicity.

Modern Science Calls For Modern Risk Assessment

Risk assessment

A group of scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are calling for a new dynamic in risk assessment techniques, saying that current methods are not keeping pace with emerging science.

Study Finds No Correlation Between Phthalates, Childhood Obesity


Prenatal exposure to phthalates, long thought to be linked to elevated rates of childhood obesity, may not be the cause, according to a study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Centers for Disease Control.