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Bill Introduced to Require Warnings on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

LEGISLATION, CALIFORNIA

Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced proposed legislation that would require specified warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages that contain more than 75 calories of sweeteners.

Proposed Law Would Make It Easier for Defendant to Discover Basis for Prop. 65 Certificate of Merit

LEGISLATION, CALIFORNIA

Democratic Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) has introduced proposed legislation that would enable the target of a private party Proposition 65 lawsuit to discover the basis for the "certificate of merit" filed by the plaintiff in support of that suit.

GOP to Revive 'Secret Science' Bill

LEGISLATION, US EPA

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter, wrote in January about the "Secret Science Reform Act." The legislation has been pushed by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for years.

March 2017 TSCA Update

TSCA, RISK ASSESSMENT

On June 22 of last year, President Obama signed into law a completely revised version of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

TRI Releases 2015 National Analysis

US EPA

This year's Toxics Release Inventory shows significant reductions in releases of toxic chemicals into the air from 2005 to 2015.

Commenters Point Out Inherent Conflict in Draft AA Analysis

GREEN CHEMISTRY

February 3 was the deadline for written comments on the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guidance for those preparing AAs under the Department’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

Common House Dust Could Contain Cancer-Causing Molecules

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, CANADA, STUDIES

Reporter Bennett McIntosh reported in Nova Next about a Canadian study on how common dust found in the homes contains potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

U.S. Congressional Committee Demands Answers on WHO Cancer Agency

IARC, LEGISLATION

Kate Kelland, of Reuters, reported in January that the chairman of a U.S. congressional committee investigating taxpayer funding of the World Health Organization cancer agency has asked U.S. health officials to release crucial documents.

Ingredient in Nutella May Cause Cancer, Study Finds

PRODUCTS OF INTEREST, REPORTS

Potentially bad news for Nutella lovers, reports Michelle Robertson of the San Francisco Chronicle. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has deemed palm oil a possible carcinogen.

Global Food System as a Transport Pathway for Hazardous Chemicals: The Missing Link Between Emissions and Exposure

STUDIES, PRODUCTS OF INTEREST

A study by Carla Ng and Natalie von Goetz, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that food is a pathway for human exposure to hazardous chemicals.

EPA Issues Final Hydraulic Fracturing Report

REPORTS, SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER EXPOSURE, US EPA

Bernadette Rappold, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, reported at Lexology that in a final report the EPA concluded that activities throughout the hydraulic fracturing water cycle – from water withdrawal through disposal of produced water – "can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances."

UK Environmental Audit Committee Calls for Brexit Environmental Protection Law

EU REACH, EUROPE, UK

Anita LLoyd, an attorney with Squire Patton Boggs, wrote at Lexology about the UK Environmental Audit Committee's published report that makes a series of recommendations for actions that the Government should take during the Brexit process to avoid weakening levels of environmental protection after Britain leaves the EU.

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.