As featured in the SLO County Bar Bulletin:
You’ve likely seen the retail signs and product labels telling you something like this: “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Those warnings are the result of efforts by businesses to comply with California’s Proposition 65 – and to avoid expensive enforcement actions. The Proposition requires businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings to individuals prior to exposing them to specified carcinogens and reproductive toxicants. In the 25 years since Proposition 65 was enacted by California voters, those enforcement actions have mostly missed San Luis Obispo County businesses. But it looks like that’s changing, and local businesses should beware: Proposition 65 enforcement is coming to your town.