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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


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


December 16, 2016

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


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


November 30, 2016

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


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


October 27, 2016

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


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


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


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


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


September 12, 2016

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


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


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


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


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


July 26, 2016

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


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


July 25, 2016

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


July 20, 2016

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


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


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


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


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...