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OEHHA Issues Further Modification of Warning Website Regulations

On September 4, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) provided notice of additional changes to its proposal to establish a website, operated by OEHHA, which would provide...more

California’s Plastic Microbeads Ban Moves the Bar for Cosmetic and Personal Care Companies Again

On October 8, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law one of the toughest bans in the nation on personal care products containing plastic microbeads. Plastic microbeads are frequently used by cosmetic companies in...more

EPA Safer Choice Partner And Stakeholder Summit Announced

On October 7, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first ever Safer Choice Partner and Stakeholder Summit. The summit will be the first of several meetings intended to explore topics of...more

FDA to Host First Public Meeting on Biotech Regulation Overhaul

On October 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted notice of a public meeting to be held on Friday October 30th, in order to clarify the current roles and responsibilities described in the Coordinated...more

California Issues Draft Alternatives Assessment Analysis Guide

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a draft of its Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide. DTSC developed this guidance to help the regulated community conduct AA and regulatory...more

Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2015

President Xi's State Visit Brings Announcements on Cybersecurity and Climate Change - In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. Cybersecurity and climate change...more

Consumer Products “Either/Or”: California Issues Guidance on Alternatives Analysis for Safer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with the issuance of guidance on the heart of the law, the analysis of safer substitutes for chemicals in consumer products. On September 24, 2015, the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus - Royal Dutch Shell suspends Arctic drilling indefinitely: Washington Post - Sep 28: Royal Dutch Shell announced early on September 28, 2015 that it will indefinitely suspend its Arctic...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

Required Action on the Horizon for California Consumer Products Companies

Yesterday, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) released its draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (“Guide”) under the California Safer Consumer Products program. Public comments are being accepted on the...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

FTC Green Guides: FTC Sends Warning Letters Concerning Environmental Certification Seals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in a September 14, 2015, press release, "FTC Sends Warning Letters about Green Certification Seals," that it sent warning letters to five providers of environmental certification...more

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be...more

On the Cusp of TSCA Reform, States Continue to Regulate Chemicals

As legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act nears passage in Congress, states continue to enact and implement a diverse array of their own requirements affecting the use of chemicals in products sold within...more

“Green” Certifications and Seals Do Not Have FTC Approval

On September 14, FTC staff sent warning letters to five providers of environmental certification seals and 32 businesses that display them online, alerting them to the agency’s concerns that the seals may be deceptive and may...more

Legislative Action to Remove Microbeads from Personal Care Products Intensifies

The International Campaign Against Microbeads in Cosmetics is most likely celebrating this week, following the California State Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in personal...more

California Doubles Down on Proposition 65 Regulations; OEHHA Issues Pre-Regulatory Proposals That Harm Existing Defenses

Late last week, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) released several new pre-regulatory draft proposals regarding Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”). With one possible exception, the pre-regulatory...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Requests to Stay Use of Enlist Duo Herbicide During Judicial Review

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a motion for a stay pending review filed on December 18, 2014, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as well as a subsequent stay motion...more

Circuit Court Grants Writ of Mandamus Requiring EPA to Act on Petition to Ban Chlorpyrifos

In an opinion issued on August 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted a writ of mandamus requested by Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council (Petitioners)...more

Massachusetts Issues Guidance on Addressing 1,4 Dioxane Sites

MassDEP issued a fact sheet in June identifying special considerations for responding to releases of 1,4-dioxane (“dioxane”), which was primarily used as a stabilizer and corrosion inhibitor as an additive to chlorinated...more

Gov. Brown Assembles Fracking Review Panel

According to several news organizations, Governor Brown has announced plans to form a new panel to review the recent well stimulation study conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology (“CCST”)....more

Proposition 65 – New Requirements

Proposition 65 Update - 1. Ethylene Glycol Added as a Listed Chemical. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added Ethylene Glycol (ingested) (CAS No. 107-21-1) to the list of...more

EFSA Issues Call for Data on the Health and Environmental Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

On May 22, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a call for new scientific information relevant to the evaluation of the risk to bees in the European Union (EU) from the use of the three neonicotinoid...more

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