Topic Archives: Environmental Law

California Adopts First Green Chemistry Regulations for Children’s Nap Mats and Provides Important Guidance for Its Alternatives Analysis

California took two important steps forward to implement its new Green Chemistry Initiative, also known as the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program, to regulate and encourage replacement of toxic chemicals in consumer products.  First, it adopted new regulations for its first priority product, children’s foam-padded sleeping products that contain the flame retardants TDCPP or TCEP,[1] ...›

California Adds New Priority Consumer Product for Green Chemistry Regulation

California’s innovative Safer Consumer Products regulations, also known as the Green Chemistry Initiative, are ready for another step forward with the proposed inclusion of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing Unreacted Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanates (MDI) as a Priority Product. These SPF systems are used for insulation, roofing, or sealants and raise safety concerns because of ...›

December 22, 2016Consumer Products, Environmental Law

California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the lead agency for the Safer Consumer Products Program, has issued a revised draft of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (Guide) that contains the first and second stages of the alternative analysis process. ...›

California’s New Spray Adhesive and Aerosol Coatings Requirements – Will You Be Ready on January 1?

A trap for unwary manufacturers and retailers is the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations for consumer and other products sold in the state. These rules limit the concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other greenhouse gas–producing chemicals. CARB enforces these regulations with civil penalties and demands for stipulated injunctions. ...›

Pesticides
December 5, 2016Class Action, Environmental Law

The Ninth Circuit Kills GMO Pesticide Regulations in Hawaii Counties

On November 18, 2016, the Ninth Circuit issued five rulings rejecting three Hawaii counties’ attempts to regulate pesticides and genetically modified crops, finding that the regulations were preempted by state and federal laws. In Atay, citizens of Maui County had voted into law an ordinance that banned the planting and testing of genetically engineered (“GE”) plants. ...›

December 4, 2015Environmental Law, False Advertising, FTC

Red Light for Green Claims: FTC Sends Warning Letters to Green Certifiers

This week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has sent warning letters to five marketers of environmental certifications and seals, as well as over 30 product companies displaying those certifications, citing concerns that the certifications failed to comply with the agency’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”). The ...›