The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced a May 7, 2015, meeting of its Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) to consider the addition of bisphenol A (BPA) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity. Citing the availability of new epidemiological and toxicological data, DARTIC will assess “whether BPA has been clearly shown by scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause female reproductive toxicity.” OEHHA has also made available hazard identification materials on BPA and female reproductive toxicity and requested public comments by April 6, 2015.
After adding BPA to the list of reproductive toxicants under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65) in April 2013, OEHHA delisted the substance following a court injunction. In January 2015, the court ruled that the agency could list BPA under Prop. 65 even if DARTIC did not include the substance on its own list, finding that “OEHHA is mandated by law to list a chemical even after the state’s qualified experts have declined to do so if the chemical meets one of the other listing requirements.” Additional details about the matter appear in Issue 550 of this Update.