Category Archives: California

Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride – State of California’s 3rd Priority Product Proposed

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On November 16, 2017, the State of California’s DTSC proposed to add its third product-chemical combination to its priority products list for regulation under its green chemistry/safer consumer products rules.   We are all still waiting to see the first, or any product, undergo the voluminous data, reporting and analytical requirements of the regulations and it remains to be seen if any ever will.   The third product to be proposed is “paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride” defined as “any product designed to break down paint, varnish, or any other surface coating [...]Read more

New California Product Label and Internet Disclosure Requirements (and New Crime for Employers who Fail to Disclose) for Cleaning Products

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On October 15, 2017, California enacted SB 258 – the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Cal. Health and Safety Code Sections 108950 et seq.) – that requires product label and on-line disclosure requirements or bans sale of cleaning products and creates a new crime for  employers who fail to make such disclosures to their employees. The new labeling and disclosure requirements apply to air care, automotive, polish or floor maintenance and other general cleaning products (e.g., soaps, detergents, fabric care).  It does not include certain cleaning products used in industrial [...]Read more

New Regulatory Hurdles Proposed for Hazardous Waste Facilities in California

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On September 22, 2017, DTSC commenced the public comment period for its proposed regulations to update the criteria for the issuance of hazardous waste facility permits and permit modifications pursuant to SB 673. The 70 pages of the proposed regulations are a radical departure from the permitting process of the past 25 years in California. In some respects, the burdens proposed are so high that one wonders if this portends the end of hazardous waste facilities in the state. On the positive side, this will have local EJ (environmental justice) communities cheering and it does present an enormous [...]Read more

Is That Regulation Affordable? If It’s Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, It Better Be

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You open your mailbox. There’s your monthly water bill. Inside, you notice it’s gone up nearly $500—but your use hasn’t changed. How could this be? And maybe more important, can you afford it? This is an essential question, concludes the Sacramento Superior Court. So essential that it must be considered when enacting standards under California’s Safe Drinking Water Act. The regulation in question, a primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, was enacted in 2014 and set the maximum contaminant level—or MCL—at 10 parts per billion. The rulemaking was controversial, [...]Read more

Cannabis Industry Jammed With Extensive Environmental Regulations

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The surge of new cannabis-related regulations continues in California this month, this time courtesy of the State Water Resources Control Board.  In response to Senate Bill 837, the agency recently released a draft Cannabis Policy and General Order aimed at regulating the water-quality impacts of cannabis cultivation. The proposed Order lists well over 100 requirements and prohibitions, which range from the expected, such as riparian setbacks, in-stream flow limits, and water-use recording mandates, to the burdensome:  under the Order, legacy impacts from poorly-designed logging road would [...]Read more

California Air Resources Board New Draft Enforcement Penalty Policy

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Today, CARB held another workshop to explain its new draft enforcement penalty policy and the factors it will use in assessing penalties in future enforcement cases. The factors are qualitative and narrative and subjective, which is bad for business that craves certainty and predictability but fun for the art of lawyering (our quills are aquiver). An increasing problem for industry is that the reporting requirements under the climate change rules, such as diesel fleet, low carbon fuel and cap and trade, are becoming so voluminous and complex that it is easy to make honest errors in these reports. [...]Read more

Regulatory Attorneys – Ready Yourself for California’s “Track and Trace” Product Supply Chain Regulatory Regime: First product up, Marijuana Cannabis

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As close and jaded observers of the colliding worlds of environmental regulation, consumer product and global supply chain regulation sitting and toiling daily in the center of the world’s most talented, creative and aggressive government regulators (i.e., Sacramento, not DC) for the past 25 years, even we are in awe of what is proposed to regulate the newest legalized product in California – marijuana. Proposition 64 passed by in a voter initiative on November 8, 2016 and establishes a licensing and regulatory framework for legalized cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sales. Last [...]Read more

Maybe 2018 will be the year we finally see how the California Safer Consumer Product Regulations will work in practice? Spray Polyurethane Foam may be first up at bat

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DTSC has released the rulemaking for its second selected “priority product” which is spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted methylene diphenyl diicyanates. This is a product that is actually manufactured and sold in California and thus if adopted, the program’s regulatory requirements would attach to an actual entity. (As compared to the first “priority product” DTSC selected –see children’s foam-padded sleeping products   - which we understand no one actually makes or sells (and begs the question as to how the State of California could select it as a “priority”?) Makers [...]Read more

Clothing, Cleaning Products, Nail Polish, Carpets, Rugs and Upholstered Furniture among the next likely Priority Products to be regulated by California

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The long slumber is over.  DTSC is now actively pursuing its next three priority products (PP), which are the following chemical-product combinations:  Nonylphenol ethoxylates and triclosan  in cleaning, clothing and personal care products Formaldyde, toluene and all possible candidate chemicals in nail products PFAS (perfluoralkyl, polyfluoroalkyl) in carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture (textiles) and care and treatment products DTSC released three background papers on these three broad product categories this week, see cleaning, clothing and personal care products, nail products, carpets, [...]Read more

CARB Launches Rulemaking for Heavy-Duty Engine Low NOx Standard

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On November 3, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced plans for a new low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) standard for heavy-duty engines sold in the state.  CARB intends to adopt the new NOx standard—of 0.02 grams per brake horse power-hour (g/bhp-hr)—in 2019.  This standard would apply beginning with 2023 model year engines sold in California.  CARB stated that this new rulemaking will combine amendments to: The heavy-duty engine NOx standards, including a low load certification cycle; The Not-to-Exceed in-use compliance program; The useful life and durability requirements [...]Read more