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April 2017

OEHHA Finalizes Ethylene Glycol Maximum Acceptable Dose Level

Effective July 1st, 2017, the Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for ethylene glycol (CAS 107-21-1) will be 8,700 micrograms per day, the same level proposed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on April 8, 2016. Because the chemical’s listing is restricted to the oral route of exposure, the MADL consequently reflects the dose, through the oral ingestion route, above which a Proposition 65 warning would be required for this substance. Ethylene glycol, best known for its use in antifreeze, was first added to the Proposition list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity on June 19, 2015. The listing was controversial, inasmuch as underlying studies demonstrated that humans are unlikely to experience reproductive effects even at high doses. The warning requirement for ethylene glycol became effective on June 19, 2016. Since then, two Proposition 65 notices of violation have been issued, one of which (relating to antifreeze) …Read More

California Senate Bill 49 Moves To Judiciary Committee

California Senate Bill 49 (SB 49), part of the Preserve California legislative package, has been cleared by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and was scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 25, 2017. Authored by California Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Senator Henry Stern, the California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017 would require the State of California to adhere to federal environmental regulations established by the Obama administration. The bill was passed in anticipation of these regulations being weakened or rolled back by the Trump administration. The bill has proved controversial, being highly praised by environmental groups but encountering severe opposition by industry groups and leaders. SB 49 was introduced alongside SB 50, the Public Lands Protection Act, and SB 51, the Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act, which protect public lands from private developers and protects federal employees from reporting unlawful …Read More

EPA Hosts Meetings on TSCA and EPCRA Regulatory Reform Pursuant to Executive Order 13777

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is hosting two meetings on May 1, 2017 to seek input on regulations promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) that may be repealed, replaced, or modified in order to make them less burdensome to industry. Attendees may participate either in person or remotely; either way, registration is required. Registration for both of the meetings ends on April 27th, 2017. On site registration will be available, but those interested in attending should note that seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to pre-registered attendees. Comments regarding any of the discussed regulations may be submitted until May 15, 2017 to the public docket, EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190. The first meeting takes place on May 1, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastern, and will address regulations promulgated …Read More

Washington State Department of Ecology Proposes Children’s Safe Products Act Regulations

The Washington Department of Ecology has announced a proposal to update the Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA) reporting rule language, update the Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC) list, evaluate flame retardants identified in RCW 70.240.035, evaluate additional chemicals recommended by stakeholders to be added or removed from the list, and respond to stakeholder comments regarding the changes. All changes to the rule, including changes to the CHCC list, are open to public comment until May 12th, 2017. Additionally, there will be a public hearing held on April 25th, 2017 at 10 am PST. The CSPA, codified at Chapter 70.240 RCW, is a part of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s “Reducing Toxic Threats” Initiative, which aims to protect people and the environment by preventing exposure to hazardous chemicals. The CSPA limits the amount of lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children’s products, as well as the amounts of certain flame-retardants in …Read More

DTSC Proposes New Priority Product: Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems with Unreacted MDIs

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is seeking to add spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDIs) to its list of Priority Products under the Safer Consumer Products Program. The comment period is open until May 16, 2017 and the submission form may be found here. Safer Consumer Products Program The Safer Consumer Products Regulations were promulgated in 2013 to establish a process to identify, prioritize, and evaluate substitutes for hazardous chemicals in consumer products. An informational list of these chemicals, termed “Candidate Chemicals” in the Safer Consumer Products Program and which are those deemed to present a hazard by various regulatory authorities, can be found here. Priority Products are those that contain Candidate Chemicals and that are sold or manufactured within California. Only one other product/candidate chemical combination has been proposed as a Priority Product: children’s foam-padded sleeping products containing tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) …Read More