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OEHHA Proposes Amendments to Notice of Violation Regulations

OEHHA Proposes Amendments to Notice of Violation Regulations

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing regulatory amendments that will clarify the content required in 60-Day Notices of violation served on alleged violators of Proposition 65.
Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (185)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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East Bay Company Charged With Smuggling Hazardous Chemicals

East Bay Company Charged With Smuggling Hazardous Chemicals

A California-based chemical company has been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of that allege the company smuggled hazardous chemicals into the country and conspired to defraud the U.S. government. Federal prosecutors announced on Friday that charges are being brought against Peiwen Zhou, the 53-year-old CEO of AK Scientific, Inc., based in Union City. California. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (922)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Mondelez Settles Ginger Snap Litigation with Attorney...

Mondelez Settles Ginger Snap Litigation with Attorney...

Snack food giant Mondelez has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a Proposition 65 enforcement action that alleges consumers consumed elevated levels of lead in ginger snap cookies.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (674)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
AG Sues BP and ARCO to Remediate Leaking Underground...

AG Sues BP and ARCO to Remediate Leaking Underground...

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a civil lawsuit against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company for allegedly violating state laws governing hazardous materials and hazardous waste by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 780 gas stations in California.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (636)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Electronic Cigarette Maker Agrees to Stop Marketing to...

Electronic Cigarette Maker Agrees to Stop Marketing to...

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr., on October 29, announced a Proposition 65 settlement to prevent Smoking Everywhere, one of the country's largest electronic cigarette sellers, from targeting minors and claiming that its products are are safe.

Sunday, November 14, 2010/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (199)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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OEHHA Proposes Electronic Service of 60-Day Notices

On July 23, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed a change in the way 60-day notices can be served under Proposition 65. The agency announced a draft regulatory amendment that would allow 60-day notices to be served on state and local public prosecutors by email.
Monday, August 24, 2009/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (54)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Will Proposition 64 Discourage Private Environmental...

Lockyer Calls the Initiative a "Weapon of Mass Destruction"

On November 2, California voters were asked whether or not to limit private enforcement of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL). They resoundingly said yes.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004/Author: Flo Dubosc/Number of views (164)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Mexican Candy Bill Killed by Democratic Assembly Caucus

Eight days after it was approved by the Senate, a bill proposing to test imported candies for lead, was killed by the Legislature on August 26, when its initial backers decided to withdraw their support during a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Assembly Caucus. Originally drafted by Assemblyman Juan Vargas before being revived by Assembly Members Marco Antonio Firebaugh, John Longville and Lou Correra,  Assembly Bill 2451 would have required the state to test candies with chili or tamarind fruit, most of which are coming from Mexico. The bill provided that sweets containing more than 0.2 parts per million of lead would be removed from store shelves.
Thursday, September 16, 2004/Author: Flo Dubosc/Number of views (391)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Los Angeles to Pay $2 Billion Over Sewage Spills

The city of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $2 billion to settle a complaint by a local environmental group over thousands of sewage spills in recent years, the U.S. Justice Department and federal environmental regulators said on Friday.
Thursday, August 05, 2004/Author: Rueters/Number of views (1070)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Toy Jewelry Recalled Over Concerns of Lead Poisoning,...

Four import companies have voluntarily recalled 150 million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines over concerns that some of it could pose a risk of lead poisoning, federal regulators said.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (890)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Attorney General Lockyer Files Lawsuit to Reduce Global...

(LOS ANGELES) – Attorney General Bill Lockyer today filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against five major utilities, alleging global warming constitutes a public nuisance that threatens California with widespread harm, that the defendants have contributed to the nuisance as the nation’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide, and seeking reductions in the companies’ global warming pollution. 
Tuesday, July 20, 2004/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (483)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Prop 65 Suit Gets Twist with Ruling on Certificates

SAN FRANCISCO - State appeal court judges recently plugged a legal loophole through which thousands of potential Proposition 65 lawsuits once slipped. The decision stems from a specific procedural dispute that erupted in late 2001.
Sunday, July 18, 2004/Author: Dennis Pfaff/Number of views (943)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Nicotine Warning Labels Fight Exemplifies Duels Between...

A century and a half after the Civil War, the nation’s courts are still consumed by spirited turf battles over the balance of power between state and federal governments.

Back then, the big states’ rights controversy was whether to ban slavery. Today, the burning issue in Sacramento is how to save pregnant women smokers from cancer.

On one side is California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who wants to make sure mothers-to-be know all the risks associated with stop-smoking products that contain measured doses of nicotine (see Prop 65 News, November 1, 2003).

On the other side is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which prefers a low-profile warning on the packaging for nicotine patches and chewing gum, so as not to spook consumers from even trying to kick their cigarette habits.

Caught in the middle are the drug companies that make these popular over-the-counter products and the stores that sell them.
Saturday, February 14, 2004/Author: Peter Blumberg/Number of views (483)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

WR Grace Ordered to Pay $54.5 Million

A federal court has ruled against W.R. Grace & Co. <GRA.N> over asbestos cleanup costs at a mining site near Libby, Montana, ordering the company to pay $54.5 million, the largest fine ever in a lawsuit brought under the federal Superfund law.
Tuesday, August 26, 2003/Author: Jose Chang/Number of views (425)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Diaper Powder Settlement Approved -- $1.15 Million for...

A San Francisco judge has approved a master settlement with manufacturers of zinc oxide products used to control diaper rash, after resolving objections raised by the attorney general’s office. 

The $1.3 million deal reserves most of that amount -- $1.15 million – for the attorneys who worked on the case since it was filed nearly four years ago. Another $150,000 was to go to the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, the Center for Environmental Health.
Wednesday, June 04, 2003/Author: Dennis Pfaff/Number of views (431)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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