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Cal/OEHHA to Re-evaluate the Reproductive Toxicity Status of BPA under Proposition 65

Posted on behalf of the author, Whitney Christian


On May 7, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (Cal/OEHHA) plans to present evidence regarding bisphenol A (BPA) reproductive toxicity to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC), in order to add BPA to California's Proposition 65 list of substances known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. DARTIC last reviewed BPA's reproductive toxicant status in 2009 and decided against adding the chemical to the Proposition 65 list. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) took legal action against Cal/OEHHA's decision to add BPA to the Proposition 65 list on April 11, 2013, which was based on evidence of developmental toxicity presented in a 2008 National Toxicology Program-Center for the Evaluation of Risk to Human Reproduction report. Following ACC's actions, Cal/OEHHA took BPA off the Proposition 65 list on April 19, 2013.

If the current Cal/OEHHA plan goes forward, then companies, whose products exceed the established warning threshold (which is anticipated to be lower than the January 25, 2013 proposed Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level of 290 µg/day), will be given one year to either reduce the amount of BPA within their products or add warning labels to their products. Given the recent assessments performed by the FDA and EFSA regarding BPA's safety, there is concern about Cal/OEHHA's decision to put BPA back on the Proposition 65 list.

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Ms. Luda Kopelovich is a Senior Associate Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and also a bachelor’s of art degree in Russian.  She received her MPH from University of California, Berkeley in 2015.  At Cardno ChemRisk (formerly ChemRisk, LLC), Ms. Kopelovich is regularly involved in litigation support, literature reviews, and exposure assessment. Her training includes risk assessment, dose reconstruction and evaluation, and environmental and occupational epidemiology. Additionally, she has been involved with assessing occupational, environmental, and consumer exposure to various chemicals, including asbestos, silica, diacetyl, benzene, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate.

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