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Bisphenol A has been removed from California’s list of harmful chemicals, at least for the time being.
A California judge granted a preliminary injunction Friday in the American Chemistry Council’s case against a division of the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment had quietly announced its decision to include the controversial polycarbonate component on the so-called Proposition 65 list on April 11. But ACC asked the courts to freeze the listing until after a decision in its pending lawsuit, filed against OEHHA in Sacramento County Superior Court on March 15.
ACC’s lawsuit says the new attempt to get BPA on the Prop 65 list — using a different mechanism but the same scientific studies — amounts to circumventing the state’s scientific process by allowing administrative staff to override the scientific panel’s 2009 decision.
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