May 2015 Meeting of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee

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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 19861 (Proposition 65). The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) advises and assists OEHHA in compiling the list of chemicals known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity as required by Health and Safety Code section 25249.8. The 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.

Bisphenol A (BPA) will be considered for possible listing based on female reproductive toxicity by the DARTIC at its next meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015.

At this May 7 meeting, the DARTIC will consider whether BPA has been clearly shown by scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause female reproductive toxicity. BPA is being brought to the DARTIC at this time, consistent with the committee’s request at its July 15, 2009 meeting to re-visit consideration of BPA if additional epidemiological or other specific types of data on reproductive and developmental toxicity became available. Substantial new epidemiological and toxicological data on BPA and female reproductive toxicity have become available since 2009, and thus OEHHA has assembled materials on BPA and female reproductive toxicity for the DARTIC’s consideration.

The May 7 meeting will be held in the Coastal Hearing Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last until all business is conducted or until 5:00 p.m.  This meeting will be webcast:

If the DARTIC does not complete its deliberations on May 7, 2015 the meeting will be continued on May 21, 2015 at the same location. The agenda for the May 7 meeting will be provided in a future public notice published in advance of the meeting.

OEHHA announces the availability for public review of hazard identification materials on BPA and female reproductive toxicity.  The DARTIC will consider these materials in making any listing decision on this chemical. These materials include a recent 2014 scientific review of BPA, other recent relevant scientific publications, and documents provided in 2009 to the DARTIC for its previous consideration of BPA. 

Copies of the materials are available from OEHHA’s web site. The materials may also be requested from OEHHA’s Proposition 65 Implementation Office by calling (916) 445-6900.

This notice marks the beginning of a 45-day public comment period on these materials. OEHHA must receive comments and any supporting documentation by 5:00 p.m. on April 20th. Tuesday, April 6, 2015. We encourage you to submit comments in electronic form, rather than in paper form.  Comments transmitted by e-mail should be addressed to P65Public.Comments@oehha.ca.gov.  Please include “BPA-female reproductive toxicity” in the subject line. Comments submitted in paper form may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the addresses below:

Mailing Address:
Ms. Monet Vela
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P.O. Box 4010, MS-58D
Sacramento, California 95812-4010

Street Address:
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Fax: (916) 323-2265

OEHHA will organize and index the comments received and forward the information to the DARTIC members prior to the May 7 meeting. Comments will also be posted on the OEHHA web site in advance of the meeting.

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