The American Chemistry Council (ACC) filed a lawsuits against the Californian government over California’s intend to list bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive hazard.
In the end of January the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) had published a notice of intend to place BPA on the toxin registry part of Proposition 65, which was passed in 1986. The placement on the list would also include a Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 290 µg/day, above which manufacturers would be required to place warning signs on products containing BPA.
The ACC filed its complaints with the Sacramento County Superior Court on Friday, March 1, 2013. The filing claims that the placement is unjustified, and that the state ignores the findings of a report published by the National Toxicology Program in 2008, which said that there was no proof that BPA poses a serious health threat. The state’s decision to list BPA as a reproductive toxicant was based on the same report, arguing that BPA could increase the risk of some birth defects. A placing on the Proposition 65 toxin registry can mean that a chemical is effectively blacklisted, as manufacturers prefer reformulating rather than placing warning signs on product items.