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Prop. 65 Notices Allege BPA in Receipts, Water Cooler Jugs

Although the Prop. 65 warning requirement for bisphenol-A (BPA) took effect on May 11, only two 60-day notices have been served alleging harmful exposure to the chemical without providing a warning. Those notices, both served...more

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these...more

A Proposition 65 Violation May Be Lurking in Your Cash Register Receipt

Many consumer-facing businesses have learned to identify high-risk Prop 65 targets: soft, flexible plastics; faux and colored leathers; and any kind of brass or metal that may contain lead or other heavy metals. But...more

UPDATE Regarding California Prop. 65: Revised Warning Requirements for BPA in Canned Foods Effective May 11, 2016

The Proposition 65 warning requirement for Bisphenol-A (“BPA”) takes effect on May 11, 2016, but a recent emergency regulation has revised the warning requirements for food and beverage products only. Pursuant to an...more

OEHHA Proposes New Prop. 65 Warning Regulations

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released another draft of its proposed amendments to the Proposition 65 warning regulations. This is the third draft OEHHA has released for public...more

Grace Period Ends Soon for California Companies with Products Containing BPA

On May 11, 2016 products that contain Bisphenol A (BPA) manufactured, sold or distributed in California, without a proper warning, will be fair game for a Notice of Intent to Sue issued under the state’s Safe Drinking Water...more

Prop. 65 Warning Requirement for BPA Takes Effect May 11

The California Proposition 65 warning requirement for Bisphenol-A (BPA) takes effect on May 11, 2016. After May 10, products that contain BPA sold in California without a Prop. 65 warning could subject retailers,...more

California Adopts Additional Phthalate Proposition 65 Safe Harbor Limit - Agency Rejects Calls for Higher (and Lower) Limit

California’s Office of Administrative Law has amended the list of regulatory safe harbor levels under Proposition 65 to include the chemical diisononyl phthalate (DINP), setting the limit at 146 micrograms per day...more

DTSC Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternative Analysis under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released for comment its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Draft AA Guide). Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), responsible entities...more

Vermonters Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Testing Deceit

Vermont Volkswagen car owners headed by Charlotte resident Robert Turnau have sued Volkswagen companies in Germany and the United States over damages they suffered as a result of the company’s falsification of emissions...more

California Releases its First Draft of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide)

All manufacturers and sellers of consumer products into California should take note. California has just released its first draft of stage one of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide). ...more

Court Of Appeal Upholds “Safe Harbor” Exemption From Prop 65 Warnings For Lead In Fruit Products

In a much anticipated decision, a California Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court ruling for the defense, finding that trace levels of lead in packaged fruits, vegetables and fruit juice products require no Proposition 65...more

California Prosecutors Settle PHI Breach with Retailer

Beginning in 2012, California environmental regulators and others began investigating the grocery store chain Safeway relating to the company’s waste disposal practices. During the investigation, certain documents listing...more

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

California Earthquake: “Proposition 65” About to be Rocked?

California’s “Proposition 65” warning requirements (Health & Safety Code Sections 25249.6 et seq.) have long been a major concern for businesses that want their products offered for sale in the State’s large marketplace....more

Proposition 65 May Mean More Than Warning Signs and Lawsuits

As this space has discussed, Proposition 65 has been the subject of attempts by the California Legislature to reform the enforcement of the law. Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment...more

Proposition 65 Plaintiff Group Seeks to Rescind “Safe Harbor” Standard for Lead

Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation, which has a long history as a Proposition 65 plaintiff, filed a writ petition earlier this week seeking to challenge and rescind the “safe harbor” level for lead under Proposition 65. ...more

Will the “Naturally Occurring” Exemption for Food (and Supplements) Become an Achievable Defense in 2015?

What is the “Naturally Occurring” Defense? - One of the few defenses available to a company under Proposition 65 is the “Naturally Occurring” exemption for “food.” (CA Code of Regulations, Title 27, § 25501). Food...more

OEHHA Proposes New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On January 12, 2015, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published two notices of proposed rulemaking regarding the State’s Proposition 65 warning regulations. OEHHA proposes to repeal...more

Wait for the "Green" Light Before Making Environmentally Friendly Claims

Consumers increasingly pay a premium for environmentally friendly products. As a result, companies are expanding their green marketing claims regarding products and packaging. Those companies may find themselves under...more

TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments: EPA Adds and Removes Chemicals Based on New Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on October 23, 2014, that it has updated its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. According to EPA, the updated TSCA Work Plan...more

Work Plan Signals Expanded Calif. Green Chemistry Program

As part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation (SCPR) under California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on September 13, 2014 issued its Draft Priority Product Three-Year Work...more

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters...more

‘Chemical (Over)reaction’?: States Push for Tighter Regulation of Consumer Products

The chemical wars are in full swing. And for consumer products and chemicals manufacturers, victory on the regulatory front is by no means a foregone conclusion. Progressive legislators in states such as California,...more

Seller Beware: California Announces Draft Plan for New Consumer Product Categories Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

California’s toxics agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has released a draft three-year work plan identifying seven consumer product categories that may be the focus of the state’s Green Chemistry...more

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