Potential prop 65 inclusion of BPA

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 15, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On January 25th, Cal-EPA’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced its intent to list Bisphenol A (BPA) as “known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity” under the authoritative bodies listing mechanism citing the National Toxicology Program (NTP). BPA is a chemical used in many plastics as well as the linings that seal most cans and bottles.

The “Notice of Intent” states that OEHHA is relying on NTP’s conclusion that there is clear evidence of adverse developmental effects in laboratory animals at “high” level of exposure. OEHHA did not consider the controversial low-dose studies as possible critical studies for establishing a Safe Harbor Level.

The OEHHA action was taken in spite of decisions to the contrary by U.S. EPA and the European Union that products containing this chemical do not present a hazard to human health and the retraction by the Canadian authoritative body. The American Chemistry Council has argued that there is not sufficient evidence to list BPA.

OEHHA has proposed to adopt a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 290 micrograms per day for exposures. If you have BPA in your product or packaging above the 290 mcg level, please inform CMTA’s environmental lobbyist, Mike Rogge at mrogge@cmta.net. (A number of environmental groups contend that this MADL should be set considerably lower).

Comments to OEHHA must be received by 5PM on Monday, February 25th. They are encouraging that the comments be sent by e-mail to P65Public.Comments@oehha.ca.gov with “NOIL-Bisphenol A” in the subject line. A public meeting has not been scheduled.

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