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DTSC Schedules Another Public Meeting on Food Packaging

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has scheduled a public meeting for November 19, 2019 to discuss the use of ortho-phthalates (OPs) and bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging. DTSC's announcement explains that the agency "has questions on a range of food packaging-related topics and is hosting [the] public meeting on November 19, 2019 in order to help answer them." According to the agency, "DTSC is concerned about the potential for dietary exposures to OPs and BPA from food packaging, and the potential adverse impacts these exposures may have on human health." In addition, on November 19, 2019,…

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OEHHA Proposes NSRL and Publishes Draft Cancer Inhalation Unit Risk Factor Document for PCBTF

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing a No Significant Risk Level for p-chloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (PCBTF) under Proposition 65, and has published a draft cancer inhalation unit risk factor (IUR) document for the chemical under the Air Toxics Hot Spots Program. The deadline for comments for both the proposed NSRL and the draft IUR document is December 2, 2019. OEHHA also is hosting two workshops, on November 13 (in Diamond Bar, CA) and 15 (in Oakland, CA), 2019, to discuss the draft IUR factor document. PCBTF is used in the preparation of dyes, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and as…

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Are Proposition 65 Warnings Affecting Consumer Perceptions of Product Safety?

A variety of recent news articles suggest that Proposition 65 warnings are affecting consumer perceptions of product safety, particularly consumers who live outside of California and are unfamiliar with California’s “right to know” act. A Minnesota grandfather was startled to find a Prop 65 cancer warning on his granddaughter’s tube of “slime” that she picked up as a prize at a local county fair. Since his discovery, he moved to start a “watchdog effort” to encourage more stringent regulation among the fair’s vendors. In Ohio, a school district returned a donation of backpacks loaded with school supplies after a Prop…

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American Chemistry Council Challenges Priority Product Designation of SPF Systems

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has joined the General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. (GCM) in filing the first lawsuit to challenge a Priority Product designation under California's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Regulations. Pending in Fresno County Superior Court, the complaint alleges that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) Priority Product designation of spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (SPF Systems)  is contrary to governing statute and regulations, that SPF Systems fall outside the scope of Priority Products because they are already regulated under existing law, and that the listing is inconsistent with DTSC’s statutory and regulatory…

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DTSC Announces SCP Program Webinar on Food Packaging Evaluation

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced it will hold a webinar on October 24, 2019 to present its initial findings from its food packaging evaluation under the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program. DTSC undertook this evaluation in connection with implementing its 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan. In that Work Plan, DTSC identified seven product categories that it intends to evaluate under its SCP Program authority as possible Priority Products. Priority Products are product-chemical combinations identified by DTSC through formal rulemaking. Once identified, Priority Products must undergo an alternative analysis assessment to ascertain if "safer" alternatives to…

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