California Proposes Draft Regulatory Program to Regulate Chemicals in Consumer Products

On October 31, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) issued what the Agency is calling its “Informal Draft Regulations for Safer Consumer Products” as part of its Green Chemistry Initiative.  DTSC will host a workshop on its draft regulations on December 5, 2011.  The draft regulations and a summary of the draft … Read more

California Green Chemistry – Broad Program or Bit by Bit?

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is supporting AB 1319,  a bill that would ban bisphenol-A (“BPA”) in certain children’s products after July 31, 2013.  BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.  It is reported to be an endocrine disrupter, and the National Institutes of Health has expressed concern for exposures to … Read more

Congress Amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

On August 1, 2011, both the House and the Senate by overwhelming margins passed H. R. 2715 which amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA).  If enacted into law, the bill would amend the CPSIA as follows: The 100 ppm lead limit that takes effect on August 14, 2011 for products intended … Read more

Two Chemicals Added to Proposition 65 List

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added alpha-methyl styrene and sulfur dioxide as reproductive toxicants to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.  Both chemicals are listed as reproductive toxicants and the listing became effective on July 29, 2011.  Businesses with 10 or more employees … Read more

More Proposition 65 Chemical Listings – More Warnings

More common chemicals will be added to the California’s Proposition 65 list by reference to the Labor Code.  Because these chemicals are likely to be found in many workplaces and consumer products, more businesses will need to determine if any newly listed chemical is present in their workplace or consumer product and provide any required … Read more

Key Proposition 65 Chemicals

Key Proposition 65 Chemicals.  There are over 850 chemicals on the list and testing products for each would be cost prohibitive.  However, there are some key chemicals to be concerned with and have been the primary chemicals alleged in Proposition 65 enforcement actions. Lead and Cadmium.  Two of them are lead and cadmium because they … Read more