Prop 65 workshop at Cal/EPA

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 12, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has scheduled a Proposition 65 workshop for Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the California Environmental Protections Agency’s (Cal/EPA’s) headquarters in Sacramento.  

Their rational is that, "over the years, we have heard from many of you that the existing regulations need changes, additions or updates.  We have recently augmented our staff by hiring a new attorney who will work full-time on Proposition 65.  This will allow us to significantly increase the pace of our efforts to improve and update our regulations.  We are very interested in your ideas concerning specific regulatory provisions you feel are needed, and the relative priority that should be given to the various regulatory changes we are considering."

Following is a list of potential regulatory changes that OEHHA has set up for discussion at the workshop:

• Add definitions of statutory terms, as needed;
• Address averaging issues related to exposures to listed chemicals;
• Address scientific issues concerning methods of detection, analysis and detection limits;
• Adopt "No Significant Risk Levels" (NSRLs) and "Maximum allowable dose Levels (MADLs) for important/common chemicals;
• Amend warning regulations to more specifically address the form, content and delivery of warnings for exposures from consumer products, occupational exposures and environmental exposures;
• Clarify issues related to minor deviations from "safe harbor" form or language;
• Clarify relative level of responsibility for providing warnings between manufacturers, distributors and retailers for various types of exposures (including phone and internet sales);
• Consider additional changes to the Safe Use Determination regulation;
• Consider clarifying issues relating to assessing the level of exposure to listed chemicals from consumer products (i.e. transfer factors); and
• Develop a regulation addressing exposures to beneficial nutrients in foods.

For more information contact Carol J. Monaghan-Cummings, Chief Counsel for OEHHA, at (916) 322-0493 or email her at cmcummings@oehha.ca.gov.

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