OEHHA Reconsiders Proposition 65 Listing of Chloroform (August 2016)

The Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is submitting a hazard identification document supporting a reevaluation of listing chloroform under Proposition 65 as known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity. It is opening a public comment period of 45 days (ending September 26th) to allow interested parties to express their opinions. OEHHA encourages the public to submit comments and supporting documentation in writing or electronically. Comments submitted in paper form may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person.

Chloroform was added to the list under the Labor Code mechanism in 2009. According to the OEHHA notice, the reconsideration is being motivated by changes made to the regulations contained in CFR Title 29, section 1910.1200 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OEHHA is proposing the issue to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) for reassessment during its meeting on October 27, 2016 at CalEPA Headquarters in Sacramento. Under Proposition 65, DARTIC is required to aid OEHHA in creating the list of chemicals by determining the validity of test results demonstrating that a chemical has displayed sufficient evidence to be added to the Proposition 65 reproductive toxicity index.