California agency puts bisphenol A on Prop 65 list

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: April 12, 2013 9:37 pm ET
Updated: April 12, 2013 9:39 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Public Policy, Materials, Legal, Government & Legislation
Companies & Associations American Chemistry Council

WASHINGTON -- California's environmental agency has added bisphenol A, the controversial polycarbonate component, to its official list of toxic chemicals.

The decision was quietly announced late April 11 by the the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Litigation to keep BPA from being considered for the so-called Prop 65 list, filed by the American Chemistry Council in March, is still pending.

Though the listing decision was made, surprisingly speedily, the panel did not set a ceiling for allowable daily exposure. That maximum allowable dose level, or MADL, is what determines if a product that potentially exposes consumers to more than that amount must be labeled as potentially harmful.

Labeling requirements do not go into effect until one year after listing and the state plans to have the MADL set well before then, said Sam Delson, deputy director for external and legislative affairs for the OEHHA.

As part of the public comment period before the panel made its decision, 22 scientists appealed to the state on April 10 to set a lower MADL for BPA exposure than the currently suggested 290 micrograms per day. The scientists recommend a MADL of no higher than 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, said Dr. Csaba Leranth of Yale University's neurobiology and obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences departments.

"We believe that setting a MADL that is consistent with current science and is health-protective is urgent and of utmost importance," says the letter, which also lists 10 examples from recent animal studies showing harmful effects at one-twelfth the doss of the proposed California level, or even lower.


Comments

California agency puts bisphenol A on Prop 65 list

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: April 12, 2013 9:37 pm ET
Updated: April 12, 2013 9:39 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

PE suppliers go after oxo-biodegradable technology in Mexico

July 31, 2014 1:12 pm ET

Mexican industry defends itself, calling claims 'misleading'    More

Bioplastic created using rice starch

July 31, 2014 10:40 am ET

The new transparent, biodegradable material has a high degree of mechanical strength and good thermal resistance.    More

Image

DC banning PS foam containers

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law on July 29 a bill that will ban polystyrene foam food and drink containers from the District.    More

Image

Pressure is on to replace aging gas pipes

July 30, 2014 2:47 pm ET

Polyethylene is the plastic replacement material of choice for modernizing the natural gas distribution system — so much so some are concerned...    More

Image

Sainsbury, Schoeller Allibert to recycle food handling crates

July 30, 2014 1:37 pm ET

British retail group Sainsbury's has contracted Dutch recycler Schoeller Allibert BV to reprocess all of its old food crates back into food-grade cont...    More

Market Reports

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events