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).

OEHHA Gets Pushback on Proposed PFOA Prop. 65 Listing

The chemical industry has criticized the OEHHA's recent proposal to list perfluorooctanoic acid to list perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as a carcinogen under Proposition 65, while environmental groups are supportive of the step.

Hair Straightening Products to Be Considered for listing Under the DTSC's SCP

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is investigating the possibility of listing hair straightening products as Priority Products (PPs) pursuant to its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

OEHHA Sets Notification Levels for Four Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued water quality monitoring guidelines for four cyanotoxins that cause harmful algal blooms.

OEHHA Proposes Cancer Risk Guidelines for 1-BP

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued proposed guidelines for the cancer risk posed by inhaling the chemical 1-bromopropane (1-BP).

Prop. 65 Warning Not Required for Sulfur Dioxide in Soy Sauce

Businesses are not required to provide a Proposition 65 warning for exposure to sulfur dioxide (SO2) in soy sauce, according to an interpretive guideline issued by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

EPA Likely to Deny All Low Volume Exceptions for PFAS

U.S. EPA has announced that it is changing its policy for reviewing new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances under TSCA's new chemical program. The result will be the likelihood that no such substance will be allowed to enter the U.S. market through the use of a low-volume exception (LVE).

EPA Lists 390 Chemicals that Will Lose Confidential Status on the TSCA Inventory

U.S. EPA has released a list of 390 chemicals expected to lose their confidential status and that will move to the public portion of the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory.