Availability of Hazard Identification Materials for Sulfur Dioxide and Announcement of the May 12 and 13, 2011 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee Meeting

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The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announces the availability for public review of the hazard identification document entitled: “Evidence on the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity of Sulfur Dioxide.”  This notice marks the beginning of a 60-day public comment period on this document.  The public comment period will close on April 26, 2011.  Copies of the document are available from OEHHA’s web site.  The document may also be requested from OEHHA’s Proposition 65 Implementation Office by calling (916) 445-6900.

OEHHA also announces that the next meeting of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13, 2011.  Sulfur dioxide will be considered for possible listing under Proposition 65 at this meeting.  The meeting will be held in the Coastal Hearing Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California.  The meeting will begin each day at 10:00 a.m. and will last until all business is conducted or until 5:00 p.m.  A full agenda listing all meeting items will be provided in a future public notice.  If consideration of all agenda items is completed on May 12, the meeting will not be convened on May 13.

OEHHA, a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is the lead agency for the implementation of Proposition 651. The DARTIC advises and assists OEHHA in compiling the list of chemicals known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity, as required by Proposition 65.  The DARTIC 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.  It is in this capacity that the DARTIC will consider sulfur dioxide at its meeting in May.  OEHHA will send comments received on the sulfur dioxide hazard identification document to DARTIC members prior to the meeting.

OEHHA provided an opportunity for input on the document as it was being developed.  A data call-in period for sulfur dioxide opened on January 18, 2008, and closed on March 18, 2008.  In preparing the hazard identification materials, OEHHA considered all information received that was relevant to the evidence of reproductive toxicity for sulfur dioxide.

OEHHA must receive comments and any supporting documentation on the sulfur dioxide document by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.  We encourage you to submit comments in electronic form, rather than in paper form.  Comments transmitted by e-mail should be addressed to sam.delson@oehha.ca.gov.  Comments submitted in paper form may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the addresses below:

Mailing Address: Sam Delson
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P.O. Box 4010, MS-19B
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
Fax: (916) 323-8803
Street Address:1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Footnotes and References

1The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, codified at Health and Safety Code section 25249.5 et seq.