On September 4, 2020, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the start of a comment period regarding the carcinogenicity of seven substances being considered for prioritization under the state’s Proposition 65 legislation. The received information will be used to help prepare the agency’s Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) for its next meeting scheduled for November 17, 2020. The set of substances includes bisphenol A (BPA; CAS 80-05-07), chlorpyrifos (CAS 2921-88-2), coal dust, decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE; CAS 1163-19-5), methyl bromide (CAS 74-83-9), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS; CAS 1763-23-1) and its salts and transformation and degradation precursors, and trifluralin (CAS 1582-09-8). BPA and decaBDE are both listed in the FACET inventory of food contact substances.

Interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments “on the potential for exposure in California and the extent of the scientific evidence pertaining to the selection of any of these chemicals for possible preparation of hazard identification materials.” Comments may be submitted until October 19, 2020.

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OEHHA (September 2020). “Announcement of the Carcinogen Identification Committee Meeting Scheduled for November 17, 2020, Prioritization: Chemicals for Consultation by the Carcinogen Identification Committee.”

Chemical Watch (September 7, 2020). “California’s Oehha seeks comments on carcinogenicity of seven substances.”