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 Materials, Public Policy, Sustainability, Government & Legislation, Legal
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

Image

Dow reaches agreement with Third Point

November 21, 2014 9:11 am ET

Dow Chemical Co. has reached an agreement with the investment firm that has been trying to force the company to sell off some assets.More

Image

Ineos making its UK shale play

November 21, 2014 9:29 am ET

Chemical giant Ineos Group AG is planning to be the biggest player in the United Kingdom's shale gas industry.    More

UK court hearing case of rotomolding worker killed in 280 C oven

November 21, 2014 9:00 am ET

The management at a United Kingdom rotational molding plant are facing criminal charges for the death of a worker who was trapped inside a 280...    More

Image

New York City officials avoid taking a stand on plastic bag fee

November 20, 2014 11:28 am ET

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration claimed Nov. 19 to be committed to dramatically reducing plastic bag consumption in New York City, but ...    More

Image

Agilyx facing nearly $50,000 in fines from Oregon DEQ

November 20, 2014 11:59 am ET

Agilyx Corp., a plastic waste-to-oil company, is facing nearly $50,000 in fines for alleged hazardous waste violations at its Tigard, Ore., research f...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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

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

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events