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Lawsuit Filed in Superior Court Claiming State Action is Unjustified
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2013)
- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today filed a lawsuit to halt the state of California from including BPA on its Proposition 65 list of reproductive toxicants. The state's proposal to list BPA circumvents its own scientific process by permitting administrative staff to overturn a unanimous conclusion by the state's own panel of scientific experts, which reviewed the same evidence and determined that BPA should not be listed under Proposition 65.
"The state is ignoring its own panel of scientific experts, which completely undermines the scientific review process that citizens and businesses have relied upon for many years," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. "Respected California scientists, appointed by the Governor, thoroughly reviewed the very report cited now by OEHHA, and unanimously concluded that it did not justify listing BPA. Because the regulatory and scientific process has been derailed, we are taking legal action."
Based on its own detailed evaluation, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA) scientific panel, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART-IC), unanimously concluded in July 2009 that BPA does not satisfy the listing criteria for developmental toxicants under Proposition 65. The committee extensively reviewed a 2008 report on BPA from the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is the sole document now cited by OEHHA to justify its decision to list BPA.
ACC filed a complaint seeking to stop the listing from moving forward in Sacramento County Superior Court. Among other things, the complaint asserts that OEHHA's proposal conflicts with the reasoned judgment of the state's scientific experts who were appointed by the Governor, and that OEHHA's conclusions that the 2008 NTP report supports a Proposition 65 listing misinterprets the report and is contrary to OEHHA's own regulations.
The consensus of major government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority, Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the World Health Organization supports the safety of BPA in food contact materials and other consumer products.
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Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC
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