California agency issues Prop 65 styrene safe use determination

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has issued a Proposition 65 safe use determination (SUD) for the use of styrene in certain bath products.  A SUD, which can be requested by regulated parties, represents a formal opinion by the agency on whether a Prop 65 warning is required for specific exposures. In this case, Tech America Corporation, on behalf of Fiber Care Baths, submitted a 2018 request for Oehha to issue a determination that exposure to styrene from its products does not present a significant cancer risk that requires a warning. The agency conducted a screening-level exposure analysis on specific products the company manufactures to determine an upper-end estimate of styrene exposure for occupants of homes and other buildings where the bathware items were installed. This indicated an exposure of 0.41 micrograms per day (µg/day), which is well below the no significant risk level (NSRL) for styrene of 27µg/day. Oehha has therefore concluded that no such Prop 65 warning is required for Fiber Care Baths, Inc bathware products only, including tub showers, tubs, shower pans, shower stalls, walk-in baths and handicapped access stalls. This is provide...

YouTube Personality Builds Tesla Pickup Using Chopped Model 3

During Tesla’s most-recent shareholders meeting, Elon Musk said the company’s pickup should be arriving this fall — adding that we would probably see it near the end of the summer if everything goes according to plan. Apparently disinterested in waiting another two months, robotics enthusiast and self-professed EV fan Simone Giertz decided to fabricate her own using a Tesla Model 3 as a starting point. Giertz, who runs a YouTube channel focused on quirky building projects, claimed the home-brewed pickup’s relation to the sedan was one of necessity. She only chose the Model 3 because it possessed a steel chassis and was cheaper to risk ruining than a Model S would have been.  Enlisting a gaggle of friends to help convert the electric vehicle, Giertz documented the process for her channel. But not before releasing a fake advertisement showcasing the finished product while cleverly satirizing car commercials as a whole. The build entailed removing the back half of the Model 3 and gutting the rear interior to make room for an old bed floor ripped from an tenth-gen Ford F-Series. A hacked-apart GMC Canyon served as the missing portion of the vehicle’s cabin, providing the necessa...