Yesterday, Governor Brown appointed George Alexeeff as the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at the California EPA. Alexeeff has been the deputy director since 1998 and has worked at the department since 1988. He has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from U.C. Davis.
Among other duties, OEHHA is responsible for maintaining the State’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65. OEHHA also develops “safe harbor” numbers for some of the chemicals on the list (there are approximately 300 chemicals out of the 800+ Proposition 65 chemicals that have safe harbor numbers).