California environmental agency add BPA harmful chemicals list

California environmental agency to add BPA to harmful chemicals list

9:48 AM, 5th February 2013
California environmental agency to add BPA to harmful chemicals list

SACRAMENTO, US: A California environmental agency intends to add bisphenol A (BPA) to a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment said it has determined that BPA meets the criteria for listing as “known to cause reproductive toxicity” under the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The law, commonly known as Proposition 65, requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals linked to cancer or reproductive harm and mandates that businesses warn the public of any potentially harmful exposures to listed chemicals.

The agency also published a proposed rule that would establish a maximum allowable dose level of 290 micrograms per day for exposures to BPA. The proposed listing is based on a 2008 study conducted by the National Toxicology Programme. The study concluded that BPA causes developmental toxicity in laboratory animals at high levels of exposure, satisfying the criteria for listing under the Proposition 65 regulations, according to Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). OEHHA is accepting comments on the proposal to list BPA until 25 February 2013. The written comment period on the proposed rule establishing a maximum allowable dose level for BPA will close on 11 March 2013.

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