1,4-Dioxane: Proctor & Gamble Response

1,4-dioxane is a Proposition 65 carcinogen and has been reported to be in liquid Tide detergents.  Protor & Gamble recently issued a statement that 1,4-dioxane is not an intentionally added component but present as an impurity.  It stated further that the levels do not pose a significant risk to users.

Oregon to Develop Policy on Green Chemistry

The Governor of Oregon signed an executive order on May 4 that essentially requires state agencies to develop purchasing guidelines for products that  favor  less toxic, greener alternatives. The order also requires agencies to increase awareness and develop programs to nurture green chemistry industries in Oregon.

Cosmetic Companies Concerned About Proposed Prop 65 Listings

Cosmetic companies have expressed concern about several chemicals that may be listed as Prop 65 chemicals should they be listed under the Labor Code mechanism.  The chemicals include Benzophenone, Coconut Oil Diethanolamine Condensate (Cocamide Diethanolamine), Diethanolamine, 2‑Methylimidazole.  The companies argue that there is not sufficient evidence that the chemicals are human carcinogens.

California Attorney General Challenges Evidence of Exposure in a Proposition 65 Case

The California Attorney General issued a letter on April 4, 2012 to a prominent plaintiff’s attorney requesting that the attorney withdraw its 60-day notice concerning alleged violation of Proposition 65 based on alleged exposure to di-ethylhexyl phthalate (“DEHP”).  The Attorney General contends that the plaintiff’s expert relied erroneously on a report that the Attorney General … Read more

CPSC Announces Teleconference on Phthalates

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a teleconference on April 10 of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to discuss phthalates and phthalate substitutes.  The CHAP must make recommendations to the Commission regarding any phthalates (or combinations of phthalates by October 2012.  The CHAP is to examine the potential health impacts of phthalates, including endocrine-disrupting effects as … Read more

Methanol is Now a Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxin

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has listed methanol as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxin as of March 16, 2012.  OEHHA is also proposing acceptable maximum daily limits of 47,000 micrograms/day by inhalation and 23,000 micrograms/day by oral ingestion.  OEHHA has also issued and interpretive guideline which states that “Exposure to methanol in … Read more

Initial Results of Biomonitoring Californians

The California Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (“Program”) will host a meeting to discuss initial findings of its program to measure levels of environmental contaminants from.  To date, common chemicals in consumer products such as plasticizers, phthalates, perfluorochemicals, pesticides, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and banned flame retardants … Read more