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Public Comment on Safer Consumer Products Priority Product Proposal Extended to June 6, 2017

The California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) has extended the comment period on the proposal to list polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDIs) as a Priority Product from May 16, 2017 to June 6, 2017.

DTSC designates Candidate Chemicals and Priority Products in accordance with the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. If polyurethane foam systems with unreacted MDIs become a Priority Product, responsible entities will be required to evaluate whether the Candidate Chemical (unreacted MDIs) is necessary to the product and whether there is a safer alternative. More details concerning the proposed regulation can be found here.

A public hearing on the proposed priority product will be held on May 16, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The comment submission form can be found here.

This blog article was researched and written by Brown University Class of 2018 student Aisha Keown-Lang. Ms. Keown-Lang is studying biology and political science at Brown University with the goal of going into bioethics and public health. Her special interest in genetics stems from her research in the Li Lab at UCSF and the Gerbi Lab at Brown. After having worked with children in the Providence school system for nearly three years, her commitment to improving scientific literacy and expanding health services in underserved communities remains strong. Ms. Keown-Lang is currently a writer for Brown’s Science Cartoon Program (SciToons), which aims to communicate scientific research and ideas to a diverse audience.

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Ms. Grimaldi maintains a diverse environmental law practice focusing on chemical and product regulation and litigation defense. Her practice areas include Proposition 65, California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations, California's Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Act and the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. Ms. Grimaldi graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law magna cum laude and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bacteriology from University of California, Davis. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a research assistant in laboratories at the University of California, San Francisco Cancer Research Institute and at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.