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February 2014

Proposition 65 Plaintiffs Off to Another High Volume Year of Enforcement

Proposition 65 private enforcers have wasted no time in 2014, serving 95 notices of violation so far this year — that’s over three per business day.  Most of the notices target well-known issues like DEHP in fashion accessories, lead in apparel and lead in dietary supplements.  Food is the subject of several notices served by the Center for Environmental Health and the Council for Education and Research on Toxics; these entities are targeting alleged exposures to lead and acrylamide in baby food, ginger, cookies, licorice and baking mixes.  Shefa LMV, Crystal Gerard and the Center for Environmental Health have served extensive notices involving personal care products and alleged exposures to cocamide diethanolamine.  Most notable, however, is a 60-Day Notice of Violation served  on Southern California Edison Company by former SCE employee Vicki Rogers, alleging discharges of PCBs and asbestos into sources of drinking water.  Ms. Rogers’ detailed claims stem from …Read More