California bans TDCPP and TCEP in children’s sleep products
California notifies intent to list TBBPA as known to cause cancer
US EPA rejects petition asking for testing of chlorinated FRs
California bans TDCPP and TCEP in children’s sleep products: the first product regulation under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations came into force in July 2017, banning two chlorinated FRs (TDCPP and TCEP) in children’s’ sleeping products, including nap mats, cots, playpens, sleep positioners, travel beds.California Department of Toxic Substances Control “New Rule for Children’s Nap Mats”, 7th July 2017 http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PressRoom/upload/News-Release-New-Rule-for-Children-s-Nap-Mats_Final-Version.pdf and http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/SCP/Childrens_Foam-Padded_Sleeping.cfm and home page https://dtsc.ca.gov/SCP/index.cfm
California notifies intent to list TBBPA as known to cause cancer: California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has published notification of the intention to list TBBPA (tetrabromobisphenol A) as “known to the state to cause cancer” under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). This follows classification of TBBPA by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as Group 2A “probable carcinogenic to humans” because of sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals (Grosse et al 2016). Public comment is open to 31st July.“Notice of Intent to List N,N-Dimethylformamide, 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole, and Tetrabromobisphenol A”, 30th June 2017, California OEHHA https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/crnr/notice-intent-list-nn-dimethylformamide-2-mercaptobenzothiazole-and
“Carcinogenicity of some industrial chemicals”, Rosse et al. 2016, The Lancet, http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanonc/PIIS1470-2045(16)00137-6.pdf
US EPA rejects petition asking for testing of chlorinated FRs: the US Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition (under Section 21 of TCSA, see pinfa Newsletter n°77) from six NGOs requesting hazard and exposure testing of three chlorinated phosphate ester flame retardants (TCEP, TDCPP and TCPP) and one brominated FR (TBBPA). EPA concluded that the petitions failed to provide sufficient evidence that the data already available to EPA are inadequate to evaluate the health and environmental impacts of these substances.
EPA rejection of petition on TBBPA 10th March 2017 and for chlorinated phosphate esters (CPE) 12th April 2017