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One of the rare California Proposition 65 trials began on April 8, 2013 – the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) suit in Alameda County, CA Superior Court (ELF Lead In Food Case, available at...more
Environmental and Policy Focus -Interior Department offers new rules for 'fracking': Los Angeles Times - May 16 -
The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed new rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on...more
California Governor Edmund Brown has added his voice to a number of California legislators calling for an overhaul of the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – better known as Proposition 65 (the...more
In the August 2010 issue of the Earth Matters newsletter, we provided recommendations for incorporating transparency into “green” marketing efforts based on the “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” (the...more
What started as an effort to make upholstered products safer for consumers has apparently backfired on the furniture and baby supply industries. In the past four months since Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) action has been allowed...more
For companies struggling to understand or contend with Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) litigation, things are about to get even more complicated in California with the soon-to-be-finalized regulations implementing the “Safer...more
There is high and growing concern among the general public regarding adverse health effects from exposures to toxic chemicals in consumer products, especially from exposures to children. These concerns initially came to a...more
In This Issue:
Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more
The Writ petition is about the unrestricted commercial availability of many substances which are labelled as Group 1 (Class A) or Group 2A/2B Carcinogens (Sure-shot Cancer causing agents) by the WHO IARC (International Agency...more
In This Issue:
- European Chemicals Agency consults on ten new substances for REACH candidate list
- European Food Safety Authority publishes its 2013 work plan
- European Food Safety...more
In Episode 91 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on March 9, 2013, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Michael Funk. Funk is a...more
Everyone is “going green.” From recycling to reduced packaging, consumers want products they perceive to be environmentally friendly. But what do those “green” claims really mean?
The Federal Trade Commission March 6, 2013, approved final orders C-4385 and C-4386 settling charges that two paint manufacturers made false and unsubstantiated claims that some of their paints contained zero volatile organic...more
In This Issue:
- Commission concludes that the REACH Regulation has brought significant improvements
- Commission releases roadmap on SVHCs
- ECHA publishes additional list of substances for...more
As part of the recent “Green Chemistry” push, numerous states have considered or enacted laws mandating companies selling products there, predominantly children’s products, report to these state agencies data about the...more
More than two years behind schedule, with no one apparently satisfied with the form of its regulations, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) appears to be taking the final steps toward adopting its...more
The late Ed Koch (former mayor of New York) famously used to ask his constituents “How am I doing?” Answering this question is also prudent (if not required) in evaluating environmental policies. Probably the most relevant...more
Originally published in Toxics Law Reporter on 12/13/2012.
As part of the ‘‘Green Chemistry’’ craze over the last few years, numerous states across the country have considered or enacted laws mandating companies selling...more
On January 29, 2013, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released revisions to the next generation of its proposed consumer product regulations. The draft regulations set out the details of California’s...more
Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) is a chemical used as a flame retardant by the furniture industry to meet flammability standards, including California’s TB 117. TDCPP is found in the polyurethane foam used in...more
Nationwide, more than two hundred new laws will take effect January 1, according to Ovid attorney Steven Getman.
In some states, the new laws include legalization of gay marriages and marijuana usage.
In New York...more
A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that Bisphenol A (BPA) can adversely affect fetal development in rhesus monkeys. The study’s findings raise concerns regarding BPA...more
A couple of weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission issued its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims. Colloquially referred to as the “Green Guides,” they represent the latest in FTC thinking regarding...more
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued its revised “Green Guides.” The FTC first issued its Green Guides in 1992 to assist marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims. These guidelines...more
Draft regulations regarding toxic substances in consumer products were issued for comment by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on July 27, 2012.
Referred to as the “Safer Consumer Product...more
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