EWG Lists Cleaning Products it Says to Avoid

The Environmental Working Group (“EWG”), a non-profit group, recently listed specific cleaning products that it evaluated on the basis of ingredients.  EWG classified the products with a score of A to F.  EWG reports that “[s]ome 53 percent of cleaning products assessed by EWG contain ingredients known to harm the lungs.  About 22 percent contain chemicals … Read more

OEHHA Announces Priority for Prop 65 NSRLs and MADLs

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) recently announced its priorities to develop No Significant Risk Levels (“NSRLs”) for carcinogens and Maximum Daily Acceptable Exposures (“MADLs”) for reproductive toxins listed under Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide a warning before exposures to listed carcinogens and reproductive toxins.  Importantly, exposures that pose … Read more

Comments on Draft Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The Calfironia Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held a hearing on September 10, 2012 for public comments to the Agency’s draft Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Many of the comments expressed concern that the regulations were overbroad, provided too little time to respond, gave DTSC too much discretion, and did not afford protection of trade secrets.

EPA Identifies Additional Chemicals for Evaluation

EPA recently identified eighteen additional chemicals, including three flame retardants and four fragrances, for further assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”).  According to EPA, “at the conclusion of the review process, if an assessment of specific uses indicates significant risk, EPA will evaluate and pursue appropriate risk reduction actions, as warranted. If an … Read more

DTSC Public Hearing on Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held its public hearing at 10 am on September 10, 2012 on its draft regulations for safer consumer products. The hearing will be  available on DTSC’s website.

CPSC Database Lists Recalls and Consumer Complaints

As required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) set up a public database on March 11, 2011 that lists consumer complaints as well as recall notices.  The database is searchable by company and product.  To date, there are 362 listings concerning lead, 7 listings concerning cadmium, and 6 … Read more

Workshop for California’s Proposed Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTCS”) will hold a two day workshop entitled “Alternatives Analysis- Tools, Methodologies, and Frameworks” for its newly proposed Safer Consumer Products regulations.  The workshop will be held When: October 9-10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sierra Hearing Room; California Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters; 1001 I Street, … Read more

DTSC Finds Some Consumer Products Ads Are Inaccurate

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) reports that a number of nail care products are incorrectly advertized at “toxic free” based on the Agency’s laboratory testing.  DTSC is calling on manufacturers to make accurate claims about what is in their products.

California Issues Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued its long awaited proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Under the proposed regulations, chemicals of concern will be identified on the basis of their toxicity, adverse impact to certain sensitive populations, potential exposures, reliable information, and availability of safer alternatives.  DTSC will evaluate products … Read more