On 7 July 20171, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added pentabromodiphenyl ether mixture [DE-71 (Technical Grade)] (pentaBDE mixture) to the list under Proposition 65 known to the state to cause cancer. There is a one-year grace period before the warning requirements enter into force from 7 July 2018.
The listing follows the results of the public consultation that closed in June this year. OEHHA did not receive any public comments in response to the listing intention. One month later, OEHHA updated the chemical list and published on the California Regulatory Notice Register2. The complete list is also available on the OEHHA website3.
California4 banned any person to manufacture, process, or distribute in commerce a product containing pentaBDE more than 1000 ppm since 2003. A dozen states also passed policies banning toxic flame retardants.
Besides California, pentaBDE is also regulated in other states as follows: