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

Studies

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

OEHHA

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

Litigation

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

OEHHA

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

OEHHA

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

OEHHA

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

Studies

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

Studies

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

OEHHA

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

OEHHA

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

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

IARC

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

Studies

Researchers at Stanford University have found exposure to triclosan, a common ingredient in hand sanitizers and other h