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The California Court of Appeals ruled on October 31, 2012, that styrene and vinyl acetate shall not be listed as chemicals “known to the State to cause cancer” under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) initially proposed listing styrene and vinyl acetate under the Labor Code mechanism of Proposition 65 on June 12, 2009.
OEHHA proposed listing styrene and vinyl acetate based on their classification as carcinogens under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HazCom).
The Styrene Information and Research Center, Inc. (SIRC) brought an action in California state court on July 14, 2009, challenging OEHHA’s proposal to list styrene under the Labor Code provision of Proposition 65.
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