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December 23, 2016

The National Law Review
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Releases Draft Alternatives Analysis Guide

On December 12, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide under the state’s green chemistry program, Safer Consumer Products (SCP). Under the SCP program, product designers and manufacturers are encouraged...more

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December 22, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the lead...more

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December 16, 2016

UL
DTSC Opens Consultation for the Use of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Carpets, Rugs, Upholstered Furniture, and their Care and Treatment Products

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced the opening of the consultation period for the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the following: Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstered furniture. The consultation seeks to gather comment regarding the...more

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December 7, 2016

The Pioneer
The ugly side of the beauty industry

At first glance, shellac manicures and jeweled acrylic nails may seem like harmless beauty products. However studies conducted through the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control reveal an ugly side to the beauty industry. On Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA...more

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November 30, 2016

U.S. EPA
U.S. EPA awards $120,000 to protect health at Bay Area nail salons

Oakland-based group one of 10 selected nationally to receive a total of about $1.2 million. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $120,000 to Asian Health Services to reduce chemical exposure for nail salon workers in Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties...more

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November 29, 2016

The National Law Review
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Calls for Input on Next Potential Priority Products

On November 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) held a webinar to provide an update on its progress and seek input from stakeholders regarding the selection of the next set of Priority Products under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR)...more

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October 27, 2016

GreenBiz
U.S. vs. EU: Chemicals substitution faceoff

The European Union is far ahead of the United States in terms of legislative mandates that restrict the use or require substitution of highly hazardous chemicals. How well are EU governments and companies doing to develop safer substitutes, and how does their investment of resources and capacity...more

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October 26, 2016

Fox 13 News
Report: Toxic chemicals, heavy metals in makeup for kids

A report from the Breast Cancer Fund says toxic chemicals and heavy metals were found in Halloween makeup marketed toward children. The Breast Cancer Fund, which operations the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said it performed tests on 39 makeup products that all listed either styrene-based...more

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October 17, 2016

Women's Voices for the Earth
California Passes the Healthy Nail Salon Bill!

Starting next year, nail salons in California that use less toxic products can be designated as “Healthy Nail Salons” according to a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This new law makes a statement about the need to make our salons safer, for workers and for their clients, while providing...more

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October 5, 2016

Legislative Analyst's Office (LOA)
New Federal Toxics Law Could Have Future Implications for State

Federal Government Recently Enacted Major Reform. On June 22, 2016, the President signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The new law implements significant reforms to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Created in 1976, TSCA provided the U.S....more

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September 13, 2016

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Toxic Dust: The Dangerous Chemical Brew in Every Home

As I was frantically cleaning my apartment last month in preparation for a visit from my parents, I paused for a moment to stare at the dark smudge on the damp cloth I was dusting with. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that little dust smudge contains a whole universe of toxic chemicals—chemicals...more

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September 12, 2016

WATTAgNet.com
Sodium Bisulfate receives EPA designation in Safer Choice Program

Jones-Hamilton announces that sodium bisulfate (SBS) has been reviewed by the EPA’s Safer Choice Program and qualifies for use in Safer Choice-labeled products. The Safer Choice program, developed by the EPA, aims to make it easier to determine which products are safer for the environment and...more

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September 5, 2016

Reset San Francisco
CA Legislature Passes AB 2437, AB 2125 to Protect Nail Salon Workers

The California state legislature experienced a flurry of activity in the days leading up to the final recess of its 2016 session on August 31. Among the bills passed were AB 2437 and AB 2125, which would implement changes to improve the working conditions and health and safety of nail salon...more

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August 16, 2016

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
EPA Closes Loophole in California Rules for Formaldehyde in Wood Products

On July 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a long-overdue final rule to protect people from formaldehyde off-gassing from composite wood products such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. UPDATE: EPA published the final rule on December...more

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August 15, 2016

KPBS News Radio
Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods

Consumer advocates are pushing California to make manufacturers properly label can foods, especially if the linings of those cans contain harmful chemicals. The Center for Environmental Health is looking for a way to enforce the state's labeling rules. The California Department of Toxic Substance...more

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July 26, 2016

PPAI Publications
Safe Products Sell

Let’s talk about chemicals in your company’s products. Like all consumer products, promotional products are subject to two different but interwoven forces. On the one hand, both federal and state laws and regulations limit the quantities of certain chemicals and heavy metals permitted in your products...more

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July 26, 2016

EurekAlert!
Study links gymnastics equipment to exposure to flame-retardant chemicals

As the summer Olympics get underway, a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers reports that popular gymnastics training equipment contains mixtures of flame-retardant chemicals that have been linked to increased risks of ADHD, cancer and brain...more

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July 25, 2016

The National Law Review
EPA Releases First Determinations for New Chemicals under New TSCA

On July 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted on its website the first four Section 5(a)(3) determinations for premanufacture notices (PMN) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...more

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July 25, 2016

SPI
Initial Priority Products Announced for California’s Safer Consumer Products Program

On July 15, 2016, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued its first proposed regulation to designate a Priority Product under the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) rules, which became effective October 1, 2013. Stakeholders have until August 29, 2016, to provide...more

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July 20, 2016

Bloomberg
Wal-Mart Asks Its Suppliers to Stop Using Eight Chemicals

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods. The chemicals on the list include “certain properties that can affect human health or the environment,”...more

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July 20, 2016

The National Law Review
California Proposes First "Priority Products" under Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On July 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the release of its proposed regulation on children's foam-padded sleeping products containing tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) or tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) as a Priority Product...more

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July 18, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
Global Manufacturers: DTSC Announces 45 Day Comment Period on Regulation to List the First of its Proposed "Priority Products"

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is proposing to list certain children’s foam-padded sleeping products as "Priority Products" under the Safer Consumer Product (SCP) Regulations and today announced a 45-day comment period that will close on August 29, 2016...more

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July 7, 2016

Furniture World
AHFA Announces 2016 Regulatory Summit Program

The AHFA recently announced that Ann Marie Buerkle, a commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since 2013, will address industry executives at the American Home Furnishings Alliance 2016 Regulatory Summit on Thursday, September 15, at the Hickory Metro Convention...more

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June 28, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
California Department Of Toxic Substances Control Announces New Members Of Green Ribbon Science Panel

On June 15, 2016, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced three new members of the Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP). The new members are Jack Linard, Ph.D., Personal Care Regulatory Affairs Team for Unilever North America; Elaine Cohen Hubal...more

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June 14, 2016

Mother Jones
Our Bodies Have So Many More Cancer-Causing Chemicals Than We Thought

A new report reveals more than 400 known or likely carcinogens are lurking in people’s bodies. An estimated 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. While some of this is rooted in sheer genetics, many of these cases may be sparked by substances in the air, soil, food, and materials...more

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June 9, 2016

EHS Today
TSCA Reform Heads to President Obama for Signature

Once thought to be the weak stepsister of U.S. environmental laws, the first major reform of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act received Senate approval and heads to the president to be signed into law. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and...more

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June 9, 2016

Environmental Leader
Chemical Safety Rules Pass Congress. What’s Next for Manufacturers?

The US Senate late Tuesday night approved a measure to update the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, requiring new testing and regulation of thousands of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products to paint thinners and clothing. The Senate’s passage of the new chemical safety...more

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June 3, 2016

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Cheaper Insulation: Is it Worth it?

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products Program identifies methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) in spray polyurethane foam (spray foam) as a chemical of concern for its priority product profile. Never heard of diisocyanates? You are not alone...more

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June 1, 2016

Environmental Defense Fund
Wearable wristbands detect flame retardants

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) recently featured an article on simple, silicone wristbands used to detect chemicals in the everyday environment. Developed by researchers from Oregon State University, these wearable wristbands act like sponges to absorb chemicals in the air, water...more

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May 26, 2016

Huffington Post
Congress Is Finally Overhauling A Decades-Old Chemical Safety Law

Should we be excited for changes to a law everyone says is broken? Congress this week is poised to pass legislation overhauling chemical safety for the first time in 40 years — with strong bipartisan support, no less. It would be the first major new environmental law in two decades. One might expect...more

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May 10, 2016

Mercola.com
Firefighters Are Still Fighting Deadly Flame Retardants

If flame-retardant chemicals worked, they would probably have no stronger supporters than firefighters. Yet, it's this population that is among their strongest opponents. It's not only that the chemicals are ineffective but also the fact that they're highly toxic. Charging into a burning home is dangerous enough...more

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May 6, 2016

GreenBiz
The $100 billion business case for safer chemistry

What would be the value to businesses and our economy if safer chemistry replaced conventional approaches? Is there a way to put a monetary value on the risks and opportunities? Economic benefits might include more jobs or a reduction in societal costs due to an accidental release of hazardous...more

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May 2, 2016

Environmental Leader
Screening Method Could Make Chemical Risk Management Easier, Cheaper

A new method to analyze and define chemical risk will make it easier and less expensive to manage potential risks, according researchers who have published their approach in the journal Risk Analysis. The authors say there are more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce and the environment, and the...more

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April 25, 2016

TechWire.net
California’s Chemicals Database for Consumer Products Nears Completion

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is continuing to build out an online portal where authorized users can access a variety of information about chemicals in consumer products. The project, which is centered on the Safer Consumer Products Information Management...more

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April 18, 2016

Quartz
Six of the worst toxins Apple says it has phased out of its products

As part of its annual environmental responsibility report (pdf), Apple listed a half-dozen of “the worst toxins” identified in its products and outlined the steps it has taken to quit using them. “We’ve already looked at more than 10,000 individual components, and we get data on more parts every...more

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April 12, 2016

Huffington Post
Ensuring Safe Children’s Products

When parents are expecting their first child, they spend hours researching what they need to acquire. From the perfect crib and stroller to the best diapers and the right baby bottle, everything has to be just right. For most of those choices, information exists to make informed decisions and federal safety...more

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April 11, 2016

Well + Good
Shopping for clean beauty products just got even easier

You can tell at a glance whether your granola is certified organic or fair trade—and it may soon be just as easy to vet whether your mascara is as clean as it claims to be. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has announced the launch of the EWG Verified program, designed to recognize...more

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April 8, 2016

Environmental Leader
The Far REACH of the EU’s Chemical Rules

Chemical regulations for US companies are changing rapidly these days, as the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act moves closer to the president’s desk and as states implement — or modify — their own chemical laws, such as California’s Proposition 65. Another chemical rule...more

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April 1, 2016

Whole Foods Magazine
Green and Clean

You’re at the grocery store and remember you need cleaning products. You’re drawn to the earth-toned bottles. Must be environmentally friendly, right? But, two discrete, yet alarming statements on the bottle of stain remover catch your eye. “May be fatal or cause permanent damage” and “Will penetrate skin...more

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March 30, 2016

Everup
The Dirty 30

You may want to think twice before opening that box of mac and cheese or tossing that frozen pizza in the microwave. Chances are, if your dinner is wrapped in cellophane, sealed in plastic, or packaged in cardboard, it contains plenty of unsavory ingredients you’ll need a masters in chemistry...more

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March 30, 2016

Justmeans
Procter and Gamble's Transparency about Ingredients is Clear

Some personal care product companies aren't very forthcoming about the ingredients they use or ones they have eliminated. Procter &Gamble (P&G), which makes a plethora of personal care and cleaning products, including Dawn, is not one of them. The company that makes a multitude of...more

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March 19, 2016

The National Law Review
Evolving State Green Chemistry Initiatives

States continue to enact new laws and implement a diverse array of programs and requirements seeking to regulate the manufacture, sale, and use of chemicals in products. Some state requirements have a narrow scope limited to particular chemicals or products (e.g., children’s products)...more

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March 14, 2016

Triple Pundit
Safer Products For All Children

When parents pay a premium price for high-end products for their children, they expect those products to be safe — especially when the products are advertised as safer than other similar, cheaper versions. But parents who purchased some Orbit Baby car seats recently found out that they...more

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March 11, 2016

Science
Tackling toxics

Most Americans believe that if a chemical is in their cosmetics, their coat, or their couch, someone is making sure it's safe for their health. In reality, little toxicity information or regulation is required for 80,000 industrial chemicals used in commerce in the United States. To address this, legislation to...more

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March 7, 2016

Berkeley News
Teen girls see big drop in chemical exposure with switch in cosmetics

A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body. The results, published today in...more

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March 7, 2016

Environmental Leader
EPA Issues Draft Risk Assessment for Chemical Used in Spray Adhesives, Degreasing

The EPA has released a draft risk assessment for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP), a chemical used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and degreasing uses. The assessment, which provides information about risks to workers and consumers that come into contact with...more

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March 2, 2016

Environmental Working Group's Enviroblog
Ten Years After California Ban, Big Drop in Fire Retardants in Breast Milk

The science of biomonitoring – measuring the chemical pollution in people – produces a seemingly unbroken stream of horror stories, with study after study reporting a new toxic threat building up in our bodies. So when a study shows declining levels of toxic chemicals in people, it’s good news...more

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March 2, 2016

Trailer/Body Builders
California Phases In Copper-Free Brake Pads

With Senate Bill 346, California is phasing in regulations that limit the amount of harmful chemicals in brake pads. With this new law, the amount of copper, lead, hexavalent chromium, mercury and asbestiform fibers in brake pads sold in California will be restricted to zero amounts by 2025...more

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February 26, 2016

ABC 7 News
Consumer groups demand more information on chemicals in cleaning products

Most of us are used to finding lists of ingredients on food, medicine, even cosmetics, but you might not realize there is no requirement to list all of the ingredients on the labels of cleaning products. Many of those products are a part of daily life, used to clean our homes, workplaces, and schools...more

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February 25, 2016

KQED News
Levels Of Flame Retardant In Breast Milk Are Down in California Women

Levels of harmful flame-retardant chemicals in women’s breast milk have dropped by nearly 40 percent since California’s decade-old ban on these chemicals took effect, according to a new study by state environmental scientists. The chemicals, called PBDEs, were widely used for decades in...more

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February 25, 2016

Fair Warning
Dueling Labels Seek to Anoint Products Free of Toxic Chemicals

Internet entrepreneur and branding consultant Amy Ziff says she had to become a “weekend toxicologist” five years ago when she discovered her twins were allergic to diapers, baby wipes, creams and lotions. She found herself researching the ingredients of consumer products to see if they could...more

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February 25, 2016

California Health Online
Levels Of Flame Retardant In Breast Milk Are Down

Levels of harmful flame-retardant chemicals in women’s breast milk have dropped by nearly 40 percent since California’s decade-old ban on these chemicals took effect, according to a new study by state environmental scientists. The chemicals, called PBDEs, were widely used for decades...more

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February 24, 2016

The Sacramento Bee
Flame retardant levels drop in breast milk of California women, study finds

A new state study suggests the amount of flame retardants found in the breast milk of Northern California women declined significantly over about a decade, possibly as a result of a 2003 state ban on the toxic chemicals. The results announced Wednesday by the California Department...more

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February 19, 2016

MIS ASIA
Supply chains: Danger ahead!

Poor Chipotle! No company wants CNN, Forbes, MSNBC or other news services reporting on its latest corporate debacle. An E. coli outbreak in the food industry is a company’s worst nightmare, and can tank a company’s reputation (and stock price!). Businessweek’s barfing-burrito cover...more

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February 18, 2016

AlterNet
Battle Lines Are Drawn in One of the Biggest Fights Against Toxic Chemicals in Decades

The laws governing the tens of thousands of chemicals that saturate the marketplace are being reformed. But will it make any difference? 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Toxic Substances Control Act. But there is little to celebrate. Signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1976, the TSCA...more

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February 16, 2016

Environmental Working Group's Enviroblog
S.C. Johnson To Disclose Fragrance Ingredients

Do you wonder whether your air freshener’s formulation is safe? Are you tired of reading product labels with the catch-all terms “fragrance” or “natural fragrance” but no specific ingredients? S.C. Johnson & Son, the manufacturer of such familiar household brands as Windex, Pledge, Shout...more

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February 16, 2016

Chemistry World
Scientific advances should be considered when updating US chemicals law

Experts say new tools could cut animals tests, costs when updating 40-year old law. As the US Congress stands poised to modernise the now 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), experts recently gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss how new tools to assess toxicity...more

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February 16, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI: NAS Hosts Workshop On Low Dose Toxicity: On February 3, 2016, the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering, and Medicine Low Dose Committee heard presentations on several chemicals and the potential effect each may have on reproductive systems...more

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February 16, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
EPA Announces Updated Draft Efficacy Protocol for Copper Surface Sanitizer Products

On February 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was initiating an external peer review of the updated draft protocol for testing the antimicrobial efficacy of copper-containing surface products. The products in question are hard surface copper-containing...more

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February 9, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
2016 Emerging Issues in the Children's Products Industry

Many emerging issues impacting children's products and the juvenile products industry are anticipated this year. We may see new regulations promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...more

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February 8, 2016

Good News Network
How Big Chains From Walmart to H&M Are Cleaning Up Chemicals

In recent years, more and more regulations have either blocked or eliminated the use of these substances. More encouraging, corporations are deciding to limit their use. In his book Chemicals Without Harm, Ken Geiser explores the idea of developing and adopting safer alternatives...more

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February 8, 2016

Men's Journal
Plastic Problems: New Study Says BPA-Free Is No Safer

BPA-free plastic water bottles, food containers, and sippy cups may be no safer than those containing bisphenol-A. After several studies over the past decade showed that this plasticizer leeches into food and drinks, enters our bloodstream, mimics our hormones, and potentially triggers...more

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February 4, 2016

The Olympian
Bill to ban toxic flame retardants could fizzle for 5th time

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products and furniture. But legislation to do that could fail for the fifth year running if legislators cannot agree on how to ban new chemicals down...more

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February 4, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
EPA Publishes FIFRA Use Site Index for Antimicrobial Pesticides

On January 27, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index (USI) to provide guidance to pesticide applicants and registrants under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) on identifying specific uses associated...more

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February 4, 2016

Spray Technology & MarketingE
CSPA Affiliate Forms Consortia to Navigate New Prop 65 Restriction

In response to the State of California recently adding Bisphenol A (BPA) to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals, the Research & Regulatory Management Council (RRMC), a program within Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), is forming a new consortia of companies that manufacture...more

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February 2, 2016

Quartz
How a baseball-sized tumor woke me up to the dangers of everyday chemicals

On a crisp fall afternoon a few years ago, I visited an orthopedist to have him look into some twinges I had been feeling in my left leg. It was probably nothing, I figured—a pulled ligament, most likely. But after rotating my leg a few times, the doctor suggested I get an MRI just to make sure nothing else was...more

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February 2, 2016

TakePart
A Danger Lurks Behind the BPA-Free Label

When purchasing a water bottle, a baby bottle, or other products that carry a “BPA-free” sticker, people assume they’re getting items made out of chemicals safer than bisphenol A. But BPA’s supposedly benign replacement, bisphenol S, may not be so safe, according to a study published Tuesday in...more

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February 2, 2016

KRCR News
Lawmakers speak out against work plan including fishing weights

Several Northstate lawmakers are speaking out about a potential ban on lead fishing weights. The Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) listed fishing weights as a product category on its 2015 Work Plan. The plan is designed to identify products that are harmful to people and the environment...more

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February 1, 2016

Earth Justice
American People to Safety Commission: Ban Harmful Flame Retardants!

Last week was a busy time for Earthjustice’s work on flame retardants. Tuesday, January 19 marked the end of the public comment period on our petition to ban toxic organohalogen flame retardants from children’s products, furniture, mattresses and electronics’ casings. A bit of background: Organohalogen...more

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February 1, 2016

CNN
BPA-free plastic alternatives may not be safe as you think

Your "BPA-free" plastic product may be no safer than the product it replaced, says a new UCLA study that analyzed the impact of a common BPA alternative on zebra fish embryos. The study joins a small but growing group of similar research sounding the alarm about so called "BPA-free" alternatives...more

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February 1, 2016

Safer States
Listen to the lawyers: Attorneys General defend states’ role in toxics law

It’s the duty of a state Attorney General to counsel government on how the law works best for the nation. So when twelve of them are telling Congress what states need in order to protect people from toxic chemicals, it’s worth a listen. Check out the January 19 letter to Congress that twelve Attorneys...more

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February 1, 2016

Mother Jones
Is "Fragrance" Making Us Sick?

Thousands of undisclosed chemicals go into cosmetics and consumer goods—and some are pretty nasty. For Joyce Miller, a 57-year-old professor of library science in upstate New York, one sniff of scented laundry detergent can trigger an asthma attack. "I feel like someone is standing on my chest,"...more

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January 29, 2016

Legal Newsline
California AG asks Congress to keep states' authority in mind during reforms to TSCA

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris joined 11 other state attorneys general in a letter to Congress asking it to limit any preemption of states’ authority to protect their residents and the environment from toxic chemicals. The letter deals with bills advanced by the House and Senate to reform...more

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January 27, 2016

Plastics Today
Do plasticizers really cause obesity?

According to researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Germany, plasticizers contribute to weight gain. The scientists claim to have found the metabolic pathways that are responsible. Plasticizers such as phthalates occur in some types of soft plastics, such as PVC...more

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January 27, 2016

Sightline Institute
New Study: Toxic Flame Retardant Bans Have Made Our Bodies Cleaner

Here’s some news to brighten your day: a new study suggests that recent bans of toxic flame retardants have made our bodies cleaner. Researchers in California were interested in the trends in “body burdens” for two classes of flame retardants known as PCBs and PBDEs. Both are “persistent...more

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January 26, 2016

Environmental Leader
States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul the....more

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January 25, 2016

onEarth
What’s In Your Pajamas?

A new film follows a father on his quest to uncover the industrial chemicals his daughters encounter via everyday products. Filmmaker Jon Whelan lost his wife, Heather, to breast cancer in 2009. A few years later, as he watched his daughters opening presents on Christmas morning, he became concerned...more

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January 25, 2016

Asbury Park Press (app.com)
Chemical safety bill could pass Congress this year

Chemical safety legislation named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is among the major measures that stand a chance of passing Congress during this busy election year. New Jersey lawmakers have played a key role in crafting the bills, which would update the 1976 law allowing the....more

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January 22, 2016

Before It's News
EU’s Test for Endocrine Disruptors Threatens $4.8 Billion in U.S. Food Exports

USDA worries that screening of 700 chemical substances for endocrine disrupting properties could lead to trade disruptions. Nearly $4.8 billion in U.S. exports of processed food and feed products, and the raw agricultural commodities they are derived from, are under threat as the European Union assesses...more

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January 20, 2016

SF Gate
The 10 most toxic items at Dollar Stores

When it comes to safety, dollar-store deals might not be a bargain after all. Recent testing of their products found that 81% contained one or more hazardous chemicals. The tests, conducted by the consumer testing group Healthy Stuff, found chemicals associated with cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma...more

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January 19, 2016

Environmental Leader
DuPont, ADM Biotech Will Enable 100% Renewable Chemicals, Plastics

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland today said they have developed a “game-changing” technology — a process to develop a molecule that can be converted into several biobased chemicals and plastics with applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and other...more

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January 18, 2016

TODAY Style
Natural makeup and skin care: TODAY investigates the movement

We've all seen "grass-fed" this and "organic" that when we go food shopping at the supermarket. But is it important to care about the ingredients in your beauty and cosmetic products? To learn more about it, TODAY Style took a trip to Vermont to see why (and how) one skin care company is making....more

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January 15, 2016

CBC News | Health
Toxic jewelry: Cadmium found in Ardene, Aldo products

Canadians who buy low-cost jewelry from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids. A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals some Ardene and Aldo Accessories jewelry manufactured in China contains thousands of times more...more

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January 11, 2016

The Orange County Register
The greening of cleaning: Cypress-based Earth Friendly Products is cleaning up products with all-natural ingredients

When shopping for household cleaning supplies, consumers typically have two options: affordable, highly effective compounds teeming with unregulated toxic chemicals or products made from natural ingredients but priced at a premium. Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, CEO of Earth Friendly Products, doesn’t...more

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January 11, 2016

The Intercept
Toxic "Reform" Law Will Gut State Rules on Dangerous Chemicals

A NEW SET OF BILLS that aims to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act may nullify the efforts of states such as Maine and California to regulate dangerous chemicals. The Senate’s bill, passed last month, just before the holidays, is particularly restrictive. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical...more

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January 7, 2016

Forbes
Could Flame Retardants In Household Items Lead To Obesity?

You know that your couch could lead to weight gain...but not in this way. A study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health suggests that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as a flame retardant, can lead to obesity in laboratory rats. You may say, "So why...more

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January 7, 2016

Maven's Notebook
Greener Products for Bluer Waters: California’s Safer Consumer Regulations

The Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first of a kind, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world. The regulations, which took effect in October of 2013, require manufacturers or other responsible entities to seek safer...more

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January 6, 2016

Civil Eats
The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg?

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will withdraw its approval for three chemicals used to make grease, stain, and water repelling food packaging and consider banning seven food additives used in both “artificial” and “natural” flavors. While the news may have gotten....more

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January 6, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor
Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2016

Even if Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation is not enacted, 2016 will be a momentous year. As the curtain closes on eight years of the Obama Administration, there are a number of items expected to be among the "legacy" issues in the chemical and pesticide regulation space. Enhanced protections...more

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January 5, 2016

Safer States
Top 5 Truths About Toxics in 2015

Nearly four million babies were born in the U.S. in 2015. We know more now than we did last year about the effect of toxic chemicals on their growing brains and bodies. Yet our federal laws are far behind the science--not one or two years but decades behind—when it comes to protecting them from harm....more

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