Release of Interpretive Guideline for Hand-to-Mouth Transfer of Lead Through Exposure to Fishing Tackle

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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 65).  OEHHA received a request from the Sports Fishing Coalition for guidance on calculating hand-to-mouth transfer of lead exposure from the handling of fishing tackle products during recreational use.  The request was made pursuant to Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 12204.  OEHHA released a draft Interpretive Guideline in May 2007 for public review and comment, and held an informal workshop on August 1, 2007 as an opportunity for providing oral comments on the draft guideline.  Both written and oral comments on the draft guideline were received during the comment period.  The Proposition 65 Interpretive Guideline No. 2008-001: Guideline for Hand-to-Mouth Transfer of Lead through Exposure to Fishing Tackle Products released today reflects consideration of the comments received. 

A copy of Interpretive Guideline No. 2008-001: Guideline for Hand-to-Mouth Transfer of Lead through Exposure to Fishing Tackle Products and of OEHHA’s responses to comments received on the draft Interpretive Guideline can be obtained from OEHHA’s Proposition 65 Implementation Office at the address and telephone number indicated below, or as a pdf file here.

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Street address: 1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Mailing address: P.O. Box 4010 MS-19B
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
Fax: (916) 323-8803
Telephone: (916) 445-6900