Toxics


Leno’s Toxic Flame Retardant Bill Is Narrowed, Passes First Assembly Committee

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By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Senate Bill 772, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco, passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on July 7, 2009 by a vote of 7 to 2. The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

This is Leno’s second attempt at amending California law regarding fire retardants that have been described by environmental groups as “highly toxic” and potentially harmful to the development and learning abilities of newborns.

Lawmakers to press for BPA regulation

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Special to the California Progress Report

Leaked Industry Memo Prompts Warning on Chemicals

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California Progress Report

Toxic Risk Assessment Could Be Thrown Out With the Budget Dust

jill_snapshot.jpgBy Jill Replogle
Special to the California Progress Report

To the dismay of environmentalists, and health and consumer advocates, the one state office responsible for assessing the risk of toxins in the environment, consumer products and food could become a victim of California budget cuts.

Scientists and public health workers are alarmed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to eliminate the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), an independent entity within the California Environmental Protection Agency and staffed by some of the nation’s top scientists.

A lobby effort by environmentalists, scientists and others is underway to preserve the office. But the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment faces the prospect of disappearing amid a summer of slashing as Schwarzenegger and lawmakers seek to close a $24 billion budget gap.

Toxic Food and Children’s Furniture Bills Advance in Senate (SB 443 and SB 772)

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Executive Director
Consumer Federation of California


SB 443 (Pavley) and SB 772 (Leno) - which control exposure to toxic chemicals, passed hurdles in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Senate Business Professions and Economic Development Committee, respectively, on Tuesday April 28.