Gino DiCaro

OEHHA announces comment period on 39 chemicals

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 5, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced the beginning of a 60-day public comment period on 39 chemicals that will be discussed at the October 12th – 13th meeting of the Proposition 65 Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) in Sacramento.  These chemicals were chosen based on the preliminary toxicological evaluation where the chemicals passed both a human and animal data screen.  During the two-day meeting, the CIC will provide OEHHA with advice on the prioritization of these chemicals for possible preparation of hazard identification materials.  Public comments relative to the scientific evidence pertaining to the selection of any of these chemicals must be received by September 20th.

The list includes chemicals used in toys, plastics, perfume, solvents, medicines, pesticides, rubber, personal care products, textiles used by the petroleum industry and as food preservatives. There are many more products and industries that should be concerned.  Noteworthy among the chemicals named are acetaminophen and bisphenol A.  Subsequent to the initial announcement OEHHA added fluoride and its salts.  OEHHA has compiled a separate summary for each chemical of relevant studies identified during the preliminary toxicological evaluation.

The next stage is the development of hazard identification materials by OEHHA followed by consideration of the chemicals for listing by the CIC at a future meeting.  Note that these chemicals are not proposed for listing at this time.

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