Author Archives: Ronnie Gosselin

Ronnie Gosselin's practice focuses on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance with state and federal statutes. She also assists clients with the handling of hazardous materials, conducting environmental due diligence in the context of real estate transactions, and coordinating and vetting the legal work of local counsel on large, multi-jurisdictional projects.  Read More

After years of starts and stops, OEHHA commences new rulemaking to change the Prop 65 product label requirements

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After nearly a year of heavy industry opposition and objections to the proposed draft regulations requiring all manufacturers selling goods in California to change their Prop 65 product label warnings, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has announced that it will not meet its legal obligation to produce a final regulation on product warning requirements by January 19, 2016.   Instead, OEHHA will withdraw its previous proposed rulemaking, issued in January of this year, and open an entirely new rulemaking record separate and apart from that engaged in [...]Read more

OEHHA Releases New Prop 65 Proposals that Will Increase Label Obligations for Businesses Selling Products into California, Particularly for Food Producers and Sellers

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On Friday, August 28, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) released four pre-regulatory proposals under Prop 65 that, if passed, would likely significantly expand the overall obligations of certain businesses to meet Prop 65 warning label requirements.  Prop 65, known officially as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires businesses to provide warnings for an exposure to a listed chemical known by the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Specifically, the OEHHA pre-regulatory proposals released Friday would [...]Read more

California Expands Oil Spill Prevention Regulation Inland: Releases Emergency Regs for OSRO Ratings

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On Friday, July 10, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) released updated emergency Oil Spill Response Organization (ORSO) Rating regulations as part of OSPR’s expanded authority under SB 861. SB 861, passed through the California legislature in June of last year, extends oil spill protections previously available only to California’s coastal and marine waters to all inland waters of the state.  The bill was passed in direct response to rising shipments of crude oil and petroleum products across state lands.  Among other changes, [...]Read more

Global Manufacturers Take Note: DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Priority Product Work Plan Released Today

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The final version of the California Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Priority Product Work Plan for 2015-2017 can now be viewed on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) website. The goal of the SCP program is to identify specific products containing potentially harmful chemicals and to ask manufacturers to determine (1) whether the chemicals are necessary; and (2) whether there are safer alternatives. The Work Plan issued in final form today identifies product categories from which such so-called “Priority Products” will be researched and selected for the next [...]Read more