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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:
- 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 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
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
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
Minimizing the presence of “toxic” chemicals in products has been cited as one of the potential goals of sustainability, particularly where chemical exposure to the general population may occur. In any case, new environmental...more
On November 6, 2012, California voters will decide the fate of Proposition 37, the Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative. If the initiative passes, genetically engineered foods sold in California will have to be...more
On July 27, 2012, following a series of contentious administrative hearings, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) finally released its proposed green chemistry regulations for public notice and...more
On July 27, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) formally re-proposed its Safer Consumer Products regulations, aka the Green Chemistry Regulations. A public hearing will be held on September 10,...more
The chemical commonly known as “TDCPP” or “Tris” [Tris(1,2-dichloro-2-proply) phosphate)] is commonly used as a flame retardant in home furnishings (couches, chairs, pillows, and ottomans) as well as automotive products (seat...more
Attorney Steven Getman reports that Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. will allow over 4,400 landowners who were locked into potentially unfavorable natural gas leases the opportunity to renegotiate with the energy company.
New draft “Green Chemistry” regulations released by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control are expected to impose substantial requirements on manufacturers, importers and retailers nationwide of a number of...more
California’s Proposition 65 permits “private enforcers” to send Notices of Violation and bring lawsuits on behalf of the “public interest” where they purport to find trace amounts of banned chemicals at elevated levels in...more
Yesterday the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) convened a Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP) to continue work on the state's Green Chemistry initiative.
Readers may recall from previous posts that...more
The newly released Oct. 31 draft of California’s Green Chemistry regulation makes substantial changes to earlier draft regulations by the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control that had come under intense criticism,...more
After a failed attempt last year that sent state regulators back to the drawing board, California is pushing forward with its own regulation of chemicals in consumer products. On October 31, 2011, the California Department of...more
As of June 6, 2011, the EPA began enforcing a significant new use rule for the chemical substance generically known as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (“MWCNT”). This new regulation is limited to those nanotubes which were the...more
California’s air pollution rules for consumer products—always a trap for the unwary out-of-state business— just got tougher. On November 18, 2010, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) adopted revisions to its Consumer...more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment regarding the appropriate regulatory treatment of agricultural swaps.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more
A United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") administrative judge levied $409,490 in penalties against California-based retailer 99¢ Only Stores for selling pesticidal products that were either not registered with...more
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