Environmental Law

BPA Added to California Prop 65 List

Beginning this spring, Californians can expect to be flooded with even more Prop 65 warnings on the goods they purchase, thanks to the addition of bisphenol-A (BPA) to the Proposition 65 list. Proposition 65 (formally known as “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”) aims to protect California consumers by reducing exposures to chemicals that may cause cancer or birth defects by, in part, requiring warnings on consumer products that expose consumers to those chemicals.

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New Environmental Regulations on Cannabis Cultivation

Are you growing cannabis? By February 15, 2016, cultivators with 2000 square feet or more of cultivated area are required to enroll in a new water quality regulatory program with the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB).
 
NCWQCB’s Order No. R1-2015-0023 (Order) includes enforceable requirements which cultivators need to become familiar with to ensure their operations do not impact water resources. The primary elements of the Order are listed below.
 
A Tiered Enrollment Structure
 

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New Abalone Regulations for 2014

After considering a number of options, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced new restrictions for the California abalone sport fishery last month. On June 26, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to reduce the annual limit from twenty four to eighteen abalone with no more than nine taken from Sonoma and Marin Counties. The Commission also voted to modify the start time for the fishing day from one half hour before sunrise to 8 a.m. and to impose a closure at Ft. Ross in Sonoma County.

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