Teflon-Chemical Listed as a Carcinogen to be considered

Teflon-Chemical Listed as a Carcinogen to be considered

Postby pfpcnews » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:43 am

News From USW: Next Step to Have the Teflon-Chemical Listed as a Carcinogen under Proposition 65 to Be Considered

Labor, Environmental and Consumer Groups Will Testify for Expedited Review

November 14, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--News From USW: The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Science Advisory Board’s Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will decide on Thursday, November 16 whether or not to conduct an expedited review of the carcinogenicity of the Teflon-chemical, PFOA.

A review is the next step toward having PFOA listed as chemical known to the state to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly called Proposition 65. If the chemical is listed, companies could be required to place warnings on products that expose consumers to PFOA.

Environmental, labor and consumer groups in support of a February petition for an expedited review of PFOA will testify and be on hand to talk to reporters.

The groups have criticized the CIC and other state experts for taking too long to list chemicals and for taking as many chemicals off the Proposition 65 list as they have put on. The CIC will also consider taking a different chemical off the list during the meeting.

PFOA is used to make Teflon cookware, and is found in stain- and water-repellents applied to carpet, clothing and food packaging such as microwave popcorn. Dr. Thomas Mack, chair of the CIC, asked OEHHA to put PFOA on the meeting’s agenda because of widespread human exposure and the fact that the majority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board concluded that PFOA should be described as a likely human carcinogen.

ATTN Assignment Editors:

WHO: Environmental, labor and consumer groups

WHAT: The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Science Advisory Board's Carcinogen Identification Committee
(CIC) will consider an expedited, carcinogenicity review of
PFOA

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
(For an agenda, go to http://www.oehha.ca.gov.)

WHERE: California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters
Building, Byron Sher Auditorium, at 1001 I Street, Sacramento,
California

SOURCE:
http://tinyurl.com/ycdulr
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