Notice of a Public Hearing for Comment on a Request for a Safe Use Determination for Sorptive Mineral-Based Pet Litter Containing Crystalline Silica

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), as the lead agency for the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65), has received a request from the Sorptive Minerals Institute (Washington, DC) that OEHHA grant a safe use determination for packaged sorptive mineral-based pet litter containing crystalline silica, pursuant to its authority under Section 12104 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations (22CCR). In accordance with the process set forth in Section 12104(f) of 22CCR, a public hearing will be convened on January 6, 1999, in the auditorium at 714 P Street in Sacramento, California, as an opportunity for comment on this request for a safe use determination. Comments may address, but are not limited to, the potential for exposure to airborne particles of crystalline silica of respirable size that may result from the use of pet litter commercially produced from clay-containing mineral deposits as in packaged sorptive mineral-based pet litter.

The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end when all business is conducted or 5:00 p.m.

Written comments provided in triplicate, along with supporting information, may be submitted to:

the Proposition 65 Office
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Post Office Box 4010
Sacramento, CA 95812-4010
FAX: (916) 327-1097
Telephone: (916) 445-6900

In order to be considered, comments must be postmarked (if sent by mail) or received at OEHHA (if hand-delivered or sent by FAX) by 5:00 p.m., January 6, 1999.