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California’s State Water Board Unleashes New Supplemental Environmental Project Policy for Public Comment

The regulated community in California may soon have additional reasons to implement supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) when settling an administrative environmental enforcement action. Under a 2009 State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) policy, settling parties may voluntarily undertake an environmentally beneficial project in return for an offset of a portion of any civil penalty, … Continue Reading

California’s Appliance Efficiency Standards and Cost of Non-Compliance

It is no secret that California has had appliance efficiency standards in place for some time now. And it is no secret that the California Energy Commission (“CEC”) has been responsible for crafting those standards. According to the CEC and the California State Legislature, however, compliance with those standards has been hit-or-miss. In 2011, the … Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Poised to Enact Their Own “Regulatory Freeze”

You’ve likely heard that just hours after the inauguration, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies captioned “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.” The so-called Regulatory Freeze Memo sought to freeze midnight actions by the Obama administration. In response to President Trump’s freeze actions and expected … Continue Reading

Challenges in Complying with New Proposition 65 Regulations

Prop. 65 requires warnings be given to Californians prior to exposing them to even minute amounts of any of the 900+ chemicals listed as causing cancer or reproductive harm. The law has been on the books for 30 years. 2016 saw noteworthy amendments to the “safe harbor” warning provisions. These new regulations may be found in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 27, Section 25600. These amendments alter the relationships between entities in the chain of commerce, particularly as between retailers and their vendors, but also place added burdens on all businesses that need to comply with Prop. 65. We expect the recent amendments to the Prop. 65 warning regulations to increase litigation and the numbers of claims filed by plaintiff lawyers. Understanding the regulations and the risks involved is vital in helping businesses reduce their potential liability. … Continue Reading
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