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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

New Structure of Kazakhstan’s Government

On 6 August 2014 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan issued Decree on reorganization of the Government (the “Decree”). The Decree envisages integration of ministries or certain authorities of theirs into one...more

FDA Updates to Nutritional Label and Serving Sizes

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the nutrition label and serving sizes. The meeting was attended by interested parties both in Washington,...more

Lack of Federal Regulation in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Leads to Litigation Risks

In recent years, consumers have become more focused on the potential for health risks associated with the use of chemicals and other ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. Many consumers, however, may not...more

Drinking Water Standards: How Fast is Fast Enough to Finalize the Chromium-6 MCL?

The race to adopt a final primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium ("Cr-6") is on. Exactly how long the California Department of Public Health ("DPH") has to complete its work to finalize the Cr-6 maximum...more

Product Liability Advisory - November 2012: BPA Linked to Adverse Reproduction Effects in Rhesus Monkeys

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

Proposed “Safer Consumer Product Regulations”

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

An Introduction to Proposition 37: California’s Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative

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

California Green Chemistry Initiative Update

On July 27, 2012, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued the latest draft of its proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The regulations set forth the DTSC’s plan for finding safe...more

Next Generation of Consumer Product Rules: California Issues Draft Green Chemistry Regulations

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

California Proposes (Again) Safer Consumer Product Regulations

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

Flame Retardant Commonly Used in Furniture Added to Proposition 65 Chemical List

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

Revising Flammability Standards to Reduce Flame Retardants in Furniture

On June 18, 2012, Governor Brown directed the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (“Bureau”) to recommend changes to California’s four-decade-old flammability standard for...more

EU Environment Report - April 2012

In this issue: - Chemicals ..New ban on cadmium in batteries proposed by EC ..Commission review of nanosilver ..Sweden considers new BPA ban for children’s food packaging ..Dry cleaning activities to be...more

Proposition 65 Private Party Settlement Guidance Provides Clarity and a Limitation on Releases in the Public Interest

In January, the Attorney General released a guidance document that details what the state will and will not approve in future private Proposition 65 lawsuit settlements. This guidance provides clarity to both plaintiffs and...more

Broad Scope and Impact of California “Green Chemistry” Regulations

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

UK Electricity Market Reform: An Update – Capacity Market

In our August Alert "UK Electricity Market Reform - what does it mean for future generation projects?" we reviewed the UK Government's proposals, as set out in an energy White Paper1, to achieve its commitment to "transform...more

The Lion Has Roared: Proposition 65 Settlements and the Attorney General

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

California Revives Green Chemistry Initiative With Draft Program Regulations

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

California Revamps Draft Green Chemistry Regulations for Safer Consumer Products

On October 31, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) issued informal draft regulations for Safer Consumer Products, making significant revisions from earlier drafts. DTSC will hold a workshop on...more

EU Environment Report - October 2011

In this issue… Chemical - French proposal to ban Bisphenol A in food containers approved by Assemblée Nationale - Commission adopts first-ever international definition of nanomaterials - ECHA publishes...more

California Takes Action on Bisphenol-A: What Is the Impact?

California has joined 11 other states in limiting the sale of selected products that contain the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate, found in a...more

Passing on the carbon price: misleading and deceptive conduct and the ACCC as the new carbon cop

The Federal Government recently announced the new responsibility of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) to police carbon pricing claims and prevent businesses from using the carbon price as an excuse to...more

Governor Brown Signs Two Bills Intended to Protect Children From Toxic Exposures

In an effort to protect children (and, to a lesser extent, adults) from toxic exposure, California has banned the use of the controversial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups, and has eliminated certain...more

Antibacterial Soap: Few Clear Benefits, Many Murky Questions about Safety

The chemical triclosan has been a popular ingredient in many household cleaning products despite the fact that its supposed antibacterial properties have not been proved. Making a questionable claim is one thing; promoting an...more

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