California Proposes to List BPA as a Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxin

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) is proposing listing bis-phenyl A (“BPA”) as a reproductive toxin under Proposition 65.  In addition, OEHHA is also proposing a maximum daily exposure level of 290 micrograms per day. Public comments on the proposed listing must be received by 5 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013, … Read more

961 Proposition 65 Notices Were Issued in 2012

2012 was a busy year for Proposition 65 notices with a total of 961 notices.  Phthalates led the list with 511 notices.  Phthalates are commonly used in polyvinyl chloride as a softener and the notices involve a variety of consumer product types.  Lead was a close second with 403 notices in products ranging from food … 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.

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 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

Phthalate Testing

Phthalates are found in a wide variety of products, including polyvinyl chloride (which in turn in used in a wide range of products), coatings, and perfumes.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently held a symposium on phthalate testing for children’s products.  Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, the manufacturer or private labeler must furnish … Read more

California Proposed Changes to its Rigid Plastic Container Regulations

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is proposing new rigid plastic container regulations.  The regulations expand the containers subject to the regulations by including rigid containers that are single use and eliminating the exemption for containers with metal handles.

California Proposes Expanded Coverage of its Rigid Plastic Container Requirements.

 Cal Recycle (the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has proposed significant changes to its regulations of rigid plastic packaging containers (“RPPC”) .  These regulations apply to RPPCs with a capacity of between eight (8) ounces and five (5) gallons with exceptions for food and medical containers.  Such containers must be sourced reduced or have … Read more