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Regulations increasing accountability on California businesses proposed under Proposition 65

By Tia Benton | Oct 23, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California law requiring businesses to warn individuals of exposure to any listed carcinogens or reproductive toxins is undergoing proposed changes to increase protection of the citizens from abuse of the legislation and holding California businesses more accountable.

The proposed changes are geared toward increasing transparency and accountability so that civil penalties in litigation brought by private enforcers under Proposition 65 are easily understandable, relevant, and beneficial to citizens. The proposed changes also seek to make sure the Office of Environment Health Hazard Assessment recovers enough funds to carry on the aims of Proposition 65 and that the legislation is no longer used as means for private gain but for public benefit. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has been working to guarantee the proposed provisions are implemented and enforced.

“California has led the nation for decades in protecting our residents and the environment from pollutants and toxic chemicals,” said Harris. “These proposed changes maintain the intent of Proposition 65 and our vital legacy of public health and environmental protections while eliminating incentives to abuse the system. Good public policy means rejecting the false choice that suggests we must sacrifice our commitment to the environment and public health for California businesses to thrive.”

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