Sunday, June 4, 2017

HEARING-PRESS CONFERENCE 6-7-17 CA Prop 65 Glyphosate Levels

 
 California Guild  &  Moms Across America
                                                       URGENT ACTION!!! 
CA EPA to determine amount of allowable GLYPHOSATE
exposures on CA PROP 65 Toxics List
    HEARING Wednesday June 7, 2017
    & PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED to JUNE 21, 2017


Sacramento, California
BREAKING: CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), State Agency which administers Proposition 65* (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), announced a PUBLIC HEARING, PRESS CONFERENCE and NEW PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD to DECIDE adoption of No Significant Risk Level (NSRL). Proposed is 1100 micrograms allowable daily exposure to glyphosate  (ingredient in RoundUp), on the State’s Prop 65 toxics list.   LIVE HEARING WEBCAST: https://video.calepa.ca.gov/

California OEHHA, (part of the Cal/EPA, California Environmental Protection Agency), confirmed in 2017, that glyphosate (in RoundUp) will be added to the *CA State Proposition 65 toxics list), to be labeled a carcinogen,
due to the record-breaking 9,100+ Public Comments like ours! It’s time to BREAK THAT RECORD!

Studies globally show 1100 micrograms daily to be far too high an exposure level. Glyphosate, herbicide, endocrine disruptor and antibiotic, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, is most closely associated with GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, engineered to resist glyphosate.

COMMENTS not limited to Californians must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wed. June 21, 2017    (See: Pg. 2 for talking points) Please consider including the following message:   I/We request that the Prop 65 NSRL (No Significant Risk Level) for glyphosate must be a validly arrived at NSRL, per CA regulations, substantially lower than the proposed 1100 micrograms per day, in order for this Safe Harbor to actually be safe to Californians. Until a comprehensive independent study is done, showing real life exposure levels, regulatory authorities should use a NSRL of well below, the concentration where it stimulated breast cancer cells in vitro at levels as low as 1ppb (Thongprakaisang et al., 2013), in keeping with The Precautionary Principle.   

LINKS to Choose: CA State Website or Email  to Comment (Please do not comment on both):

2)      Email CA OEHHA: Esther Barajas-Ochoa esther.barajas-ochoa@oehha.ca.gov Include In Subject Line: “GLYPHOSATE NSRL”
3)      PUBLIC HEARING: Wed., June 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm LIVE WEBCAST:https://video.calepa.ca.gov/
(Please attend and bring friends/family if you possibly can, to Pack The House!)
PRESS CONFERENCE IMMEDIATELY following HEARING.
Proposed Specific intent to adopt a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) of 1100 micrograms Regulatory Level Chemical Causing Cancer: Glyphosate
https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/events/notice-public-hearing-proposed-specific-regulatory-level-chemical-causing 
California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Building,
Byron Sher Auditorium  -  1001 “I” Street  -  Sacramento, CA 95814 
(916) 322-2068


*What is California Proposition 65?  Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.


Please feel free to consider including some of the following in your Public Comments:


v  A March 20, 2015 finding by the IARC of the WHO (World Health Organization) confirms that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans.
See: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf
 
v  Glyphosate is the most pervasive, widely applied herbicide in California and the world’s most widely used herbicide.  More than 10 million pounds of glyphosate are applied each year in California, according to government estimates. http://www.goldenstatenewspapers.com/press_banner/ca-glyphosate-is-carcinogenic/article_35fe706a-29cf-11e7-87c0-f3f2bc18a860.html
v  There is no safe level because glyphosate bio-accumulates in our bodies, so no matter how small an amount is set by NSRL levels, that amount is certain to increase in our brains, tissues, bodily fluids, as we eat more food and drink water that contain it. "Because it bio-accumulates, there is no safe level of exposure to Glyphosate herbicides." –Prof. Dr. Giles-Eric Seralini
v  A single oatmeal cookie from the CA State Capitol Building’s Café, tested in 2016 for glyphosate, contained 311 micrograms (ppb, or micrograms).  The 1,100 micrograms that OEHHA is proposing is far too high and can be easily consumed daily by the average human, According to a report by Dr. Oz, more than 80 percent of the foods we eat on a daily basis contain one or more types of GMOs https://draxe.com/genetically-modified-foods-get-the-facts/
v  California surface waters containing glyphosate at the lowest level are 0.02micrograms, (which is lower than the 0.1 micrograms fed to the lab rats), so these waters will be unprotected. (USGS Survey)
v  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) planned in 2016, to begin testing food for residues of glyphosate. As of April 1, 2017, the agency quietly canceled the plan. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/usda-drops-plan-to-test-for-monsanto-weed-killer-in_us_58d2db4ee4b062043ad4af84
v  According to “The Detox Project” sponsored by Food Democracy Now, glyphosate has been found at alarming levels in a wide range of best-selling foods across the United States in the first independent glyphosate residue testing study using liquid chromatography.  https://detoxproject.org/food-testing-results/
v  The average level of glyphosate in the U.S. population is 3.3 parts per billion (ppb), significantly higher than the average of 0.2 ppb found in Europeans. UCSF-UC-Berkeley Joint Medical Program, Berkeley, CA scientific poster presentation, April 2016 , BUND, June 2013, Determination of Glyphosate residues in human urine samples from 18 European countries (PDF)
v  Organic Consumers Association tests found 93 percent of Americans have glyphosate in their urine. The Detox Project, May 25, 2016
v  The USGS tests for glyphosate have found it in nearly all rivers, lakes and streams in California.
v  Allowable glyphosate levels: European Union (EU) — 0.3 milligrams per kilo per day (mg/kg/day) compared to 1.75 mg/kg/day for U.S.  (Benbrook 2016).
v  The U.S. allows 700 micrograms of glyphosate in drinking water. EU allows only 0.05 micrograms. http://dwi.defra.gov.uk/research/completed-research/reports/DWI70_2_215_Monitoring_Data.pdf
v  2014: over 1,382,000 people with cancer in California.60,000 Californians die from cancer each year.
www.ccrcal.org/pdf/Reports/ACS_2014.pdf



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