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EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties

On January 13, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adjusting the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of the laws that the EPA administers and enforces. The maximum penalty for a violation of the chemical control portion of the Toxic Substances Control Act (Title I of TSCA) is now $40,576, if the violation occurred after November 2, 2015 and the penalty is assessed on or after January 13, 2020. For a TSCA violation that occurred after November 2, 2015, but where the penalty was assessed between February 6, 2019 and January 13, 2020, the…

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OEHHA Issues Interpretive Guideline for Residential Exposure to Dichlorvos

On January 3, 2020, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a Proposition 65 interpretive guideline for residential exposures to dichlorvos in naled. Dichlorvos (2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, commonly abbreviated as an DDVP) is an organophosphate pesticide breakdown product of naled, an insecticide that has been registered since 1959 for use in the United States for controlling adult mosquitoes as well as other pests. DDVP was identified as a Proposition 65 carcinogen in 1989. The recent interpretive guideline analyzed the likelihood that residential exposure to DDVP in naled would exceed the Proposition 65 No Significant Risk Level (NSRL)…

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New Proposition 65 Chemical Listings May Affect The Cannabis and The CBD Industries

On January 3, 2020, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and cannabis smoke as reproductive toxicants on the Proposition 65 list. The warning requirement for these substances will go into effect on January 3, 2021. Cannabis smoke is already identified as a carcinogen on the Proposition 65 list. The recent addition to the list means that the reproductive harm health endpoint also should be identified in any Proposition 65 warnings for cannabis products intended to be smoked. The listing of Δ9-THC as a reproductive toxicant may affect not only cannabis businesses (including manufacturers of…

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DTSC Schedules Public Meeting on PFAS

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is taking the next step in the potential identification of carpets and rugs with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) as Priority Products under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program. The agency is holding a public workshop on December 9, 2019, and has opened a public comment period on the proposal. The deadline for public comments is December 31, 2019. PFASs are becoming increasingly scrutinized by regulators across multiple jurisdictions. In California, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), chemicals within the larger class of PFASs, were added to the Proposition 65 list…

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OEHHA Postpones Meeting on Listing Acetaminophen as Proposition 65 Carcinogen

Amid numerous public comments opposing the proposed listing of acetaminophen as a Proposition 65 carcinogen, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has cancelled the December 5, 2019 public meeting at which the Cancer Identification Committee (CIC) was to review scientific studies and vote on the proposed listing. OEHHA has opened a new public comment period on the proposed listing, which closes on January 27, 2020, and intends to reschedule the CIC meeting after that. OEHHA first announced that acetaminophen was being considered for listing on September 20, 2019, at which point the first public comment period opened.…

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