Cleaning Product Right to Know Act
CEH has been heavily engaged in supporting Senator Lara’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258), requiring manufacturers to list ingredients on cleaning product labels and websites. We participated in a series of multi-stakeholder negotiations with representatives from the cleaning industry, organized labor, domestic workers, and the environmental health community, successfully advocating for full disclosure of any hazardous ingredients including Proposition 65 chemicals that are known to cause cancer and reproductive harm. This is also the first policy ever that would require disclosure of fragrances ingredients. While the bill would apply to California, industry came to the table with the intention of working to create a standard that could work across the country.
Our experience has shown that disclosure laws incentivize companies to reformulate out toxic chemicals so we’re confident that this bill will lead to real changes that will reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, especially in vulnerable populations like janitors and domestic workers. The bill successfully passed the legislature and is sitting on the Governor’s desk. However, we’ve heard that Cal Dooley of the ACC is lobbying the Governor to veto. If the governor signs this bill, it will be a huge win for the toxics movement and for disclosure of chemicals in consumer products in general since it sets a precedent for other product categories to follow suit.
CEH provided testimony to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, urging them to quickly implement restrictions on a whole class of toxic flame retardant chemicals added to furniture, children’s products, mattresses and the plastic enclosures of electronic products. The Commission voted to begin a rule-making process for this and issued a strong warning to manufacturers, retailers and consumers to avoid this class of flame retardant chemicals due to the “overwhelming scientific evidence” presented.
In August, an Alameda County Superior Court approved a legal agreement between CEH and Fontem/Imperial Tobacco (Bu brand). Fontem is an e-cig corporation that was failing to warn consumers about exposure from e-cigarettes to nicotine and two cancer causing chemicals, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, as required by CA law.
“CEH has announced that it has filed “legal notice” against Infowars for violation of California’s law governing public exposure to toxic chemicals. That law, passed in 1986, is known as Proposition 65. It “requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment,” according to the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. OEHHA lists lead as potentially causing cancer, developmental toxicity, male reproductive toxicity and female reproductive toxicity.” Newsweek