New Prop 65 chemical proposed in California

California has proposed to add methanol to the list of Prop 65 chemicals. Prop 65 is also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The State of Califonia considers methanol to be a chemical that causes reproductive toxicity – one of the criteria that would require it to be listed as a Prop 65 chemical.

Comments as to whether methanol meets the criteria for listing provided in Title 27, Cal. Code of Regs., section 25306, along with any supporting documentation, should be sent to:

Ms. Cynthia Oshita, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Street Address: 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4010 Sacramento, California 95812-4010 Fax No.: (916) 323-8803; Telephone: (916) 445-6900; E-Mail:

Comments may also be delivered in person or by courier to the above address. In order to be considered, comments must be received at OEHHA by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 2, 2009.

If and when this chemical is added to the list, industry will have one year to comply with the warning requirements udner the state law. 

Prop 65 is one of the topics that are covered in Norman’s 2-day California Environmental Seminar on February 2-3, 2009.


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