OEHHA Considering Regulation Establishing Background Levels For Naturally Occurring Chemicals In Food, Including Lead

Wed Sep 9th, On Environmental Law, by

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”), the state agency responsible for implementing Proposition 65, has announced that it is considering adopting a regulation that would establish background levels for certain chemicals, such as lead, that are naturally present in unprocessed food. Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide a warning when they cause an exposure to a chemical listed as known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive […]

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California Water-Fix Could Result in Taking of Farmland

Fri Sep 4th, On Environmental Law, by

The DCE (short for Delta Conveyance Facilities Design and Construction Enterprise), a private-contractor group embedded within the state Department of Water Resources, has determined it will be necessary to acquire 300 farms by eminent domain in order to construct two tunnels, each 40 feet wide and 35 miles long. They would take water from the Sacramento River north of Sacramento and move it under the Delta to state and federal […]

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Public Hearings Announced For EPA’s Methane Leak Rule Impacting The Oil and Gas Industry

Wed Sep 2nd, On Environmental Law, by

On August 18, 2015, the Obama administration proposed a rule regulating methane leaks from new and modified oil and gas wells. This rule is part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by 40 to 45 percent by 2025 (compared to 2012 levels). Part of the plan is a new rule cutting emissions from new and modified oil and natural gas wells […]

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Two Sustainable Small Businesses in Southern California Get Funds from EPA

Tue Sep 1st, On Environmental Law, by

Today, EPA awarded a total of $1.9 million to 19 small businesses nationwide, including $200,000 each to two Southern California companies developing sustainable technologies that address environmental issues. Physical Optics Corporation in Torrance, Calif., received $100,000 to develop its Regenerative Capacitive Electro-Desalination System (RECED). RECED is a compact, electrically driven system that efficiently converts brackish water or seawater into drinkable water at a low cost, making it ideal for use […]

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