Regulatory News

California OEHHA: Benzene Reference Exposure Levels Comment Period

June 21, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is requesting public comments in regards to a draft document which proposes a revision to the Reference Exposure Levels (RELs) of benzene. RELs define the concentrations in the air which are not expected to cause adverse health effects for specified exposure durations. Under the Air Toxics Hot Spots Program (Health and Safety Code Section 44360(b)(2)), the OEHHA is obligated to provide guidelines on how to conduct health risk assessments.

REACH: Registration Deadline Passes

May 31, 2013

At midnight May 31, 2013, the was reached for registering substances manufactured or imported with quantities between 100 and 1,000 tons per year. However, the deadline for those who fall in the higher range were obligated to register by December 1, 2010. The ECHA received 9,084 registration dossiers from 3,215 companies, of which 80% were submitted by large companies; 23% were made on behalf of non-European companies.

California Prop 65: Clomiphene Citrate Listed as Known to Cause Cancer

May 24, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazrd Assessment (OEHHA) has added clomiphene citrate (CAS No. 50-41-9) to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, in accordance with Proposition 65. The addition of clomiphene citrate to the list is effective as of May 24, 2013.

California Prop 65: Governor Brown Seeks Reforms

May 7, 2013

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed in order to strengthen and restore the Act's original intent. Passed in 1986, Proposition 65 was designed to protect citizens of the state from harmful chemicals; however, Governor Brown believes that it has been abused by "unscrupulous lawyers" driven by profits as opposed to public health.

EPA: Life-Cycle Assessment of Nanoscale Technology: Lithium-ion Bateries for Electric Cars

April 30, 2013

The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program from the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics have formed a partnership with the National Risk Management Research Laboratory in EPA's Office of Research and Development to conduct a screening-level .

French Health Agency Study Explores Health Risks for Bisphenol A

April 9, 2013

In April of 2013, a study performed by ANSES (the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) was published to determine the , along with three other reports focusing on alternatives to the substance, the potential hazards of other compounds within the bisphenol class and a report on any ambiguities regarding endocrine disruptors.

US EPA: 2013 Risk Assessment for Flame Retardant Chemicals

March 27, 2013

In March of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the beginning of assessments of 23 commonly used chemicals to determine any potential risks to both the environment and to the public. The plan, which will focus primarily on flame retardant chemicals, is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, an effort to identify commonly used chemicals for risk assessment.

US EPA's Science Advirsory Board Forms Hydraulic Fracturing Research Panel

March 25, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through the independent Science Advisory Board (SAB), has announced the to review the 2014 draft of results for the Agency's national study on the potential environmental and health effects regarding hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.

European Union Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics

March 11, 2013

On March 11, 2013 the . The Commission confirmed their commitment to the deadline, which was established in 2003, and have expressed their desire to promote animal welfare on a global scale.

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