Environmental Health & Safety

California Prop 65 Updates Force Oil Industry Rewrite

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jan 10, 2018

Oil and gas companies, refineries and pipeline facilities operating in California have about eight months to clean up their language. Several new state regulations become effective August 30, 2018, including updates to California’s Proposition 65, which requires companies to use greater specificity in their warning language around exposure to chemicals known to cause harm, according to an article from Power Magazine.

A 1986 voter-initiated proposition codified as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, Prop 65 requires a “clear and reasonable” warning to consumers and employees exposed to chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm” and offers relatively general sample warning language that has reportedly been in place since 1988. The updated regulations require specific wording for products like gasoline, lubricants and other items used to make chemicals, plastics, and synthetic materials, according to the article. Facilities’ environmental and occupational warnings must also be revised to reflect the new language and failure to comply can reportedly result in significant liability and fines of up to $2,500 per violation per day.

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