CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 65
Proposition 65 In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
Proposition 65 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. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.
LACN has available FREE for members generic Proposition 65 signage, developed in consultation with member attorney firms. Contact LACN at firstname.lastname@example.org for signage and more information.
LACN also has signage and information available for a fee on the specific warning on “wood dust” added to the Proposition 65 list in 2009, and effective December 18, 2010. Ordering information may be accessed here or contact LACN for more information.
Proposition 65 is administered by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Proposition 65 may be found at www.oehha.ca.gov