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OEHHA’s Carcinogen Identification Committee Scheduled to Meet and Discuss Nitrite (August 2016)

California’s Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is submitting “nitrite in combination with amines or amides” to the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) to determine whether or not they qualify to be added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.

In 2014, OEHHA published an initial notice disclosing its intent to list the chemicals under Proposition 65 based on evidence provided by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). However, as a result of public input and further assessment the agency decided that the evidence provided was insufficient to list the chemicals under the authoritative bodies mechanism. The CIC has scheduled a meeting for further deliberation, which will take place on November 15, 2016 at the CalEPA Headquarters in Sacramento, CA.

The CIC is comprised of experts who evaluate the validity and sufficiency of scientific data and evidence used to demonstrate carcinogenicity in chemicals, and is required to aid OEHHA in determining which chemicals qualify to be listed under Proposition 65.

OEHHA has provided the document titled
“Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Nitrite in Combination with Amines or Amides” for public review, and is opening a 45-day comment period, ending on October 10, 2016.





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