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The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental
Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is the lead agency for the implementation
of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition
The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification
Committee of OEHHA's Science Advisory Board advises and assists
OEHHA in compiling the list of chemicals known to the State to cause
reproductive toxicity. This list is mandated by Health and Safety
Code Section 25249.8. The DART Identification Committee serves as
the State's qualified experts for determining whether a chemical
has been clearly shown through scientifically valid testing according
to generally accepted principles to cause reproductive toxicity
and, thus, will be added to the Proposition 65 list.
OEHHA has developed a procedure for prioritizing candidate chemicals
for consideration under Proposition 65 by the State's qualified
experts. The process is described in "Procedure for Prioritizing
Candidate Chemicals for Consideration Under Proposition 65 by the
State's Qualified Experts," May 1997, (Prioritization Policy)
and is available on the Internet at http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/pdf/priodoc.pdf.
On September 12, 1997,
OEHHA released for public comment a draft priority assignment and
draft data summary for chloroform with respect to its potential
to cause reproductive toxicity.
Chloroform has now been assigned a final priority of "High".
In accordance with OEHHA's Prioritization Policy, OEHHA will review
the available reproductive toxicity literature and data on chloroform,
and prepare a summary of the information in a document referred
to as a hazard identification document.
The DART Identification Committee will consider OEHHA's hazard
identification document regarding chloroform before determining
whether or not to add this chemical to the list of chemicals known
to the State to cause reproductive toxicity. Interested parties
or members of the public wishing to provide information relevant
to an assessment of the reproductive and developmental toxicity
of chloroform should forward such information to the address given
below. The publication of this notice marks the start of a 60-day
data call-in period for such information. This period ends on Tuesday,
December 2, 2003. The information received during this data
call-in period will be reviewed and considered by OEHHA as it develops
the reproductive and developmental toxicity hazard identification
document on chloroform.
OEHHA welcomes public participation and public input as part of
these scientific assessments. If there is sufficient public interest,
a public workshop or other public forum will be held to encourage
scientific dialogue prior to completion of the Hazard Identification
Notification of the availability of the hazard identification document
and of the time, date, location, and agenda of any workshop and
of the meeting of the DART Identification Committee where chloroform
will be discussed will be provided in future notices published in
the California Regulatory Notice Register and posted on OEHHA's
Home Page at http://www.oehha.ca.gov. It is anticipated that the
hazard identification document will be made available for a 60-day
public comment period prior to the DART Identification Committee
meeting at which chloroform will be considered.
Relevant information on chloroform should be sent in triplicate
by mail or fax to:
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Proposition 65 Implementation
1001 I Street, 19th Floor
P.O. Box 4010
Sacramento, CA 95812-4010
Fax (916) 323-8803
Telephone (916) 445-6900
Relevant information may also be delivered in person or by courier
to the above address.
In order to be considered, the relevant information must be postmarked
(if sent by mail) or received at OEHHA (if hand-delivered or sent
by fax) by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2003.
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link to download a copy of the data summary prepared by OEHHA
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For questions regarding Proposition 65, please contact the Cynthia
Oshita in the Proposition 65 Implementation Program
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