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July 1, 2024

SB-478 Consumers Legal Remedies Act: Advertisements.

Beginning July 1, 2024, the “Honest Pricing Law” or “Hidden Fees Statute,” SB 478, makes it illegal for businesses to advertise or list a price for a good or service that does not include all required fees or charges other than certain government taxes and shipping costs. SB 478 is a price transparency bill. The statute does not change what price a business can charge or what may be included in that cost. The law simply requires that the price listed include all mandatory charges.

Which businesses need to follow this law?
The law applies to the sale or lease of most goods and services that are for a consumer’s personal use. For example, it applies to event tickets, short-term rentals, hotels, restaurants, and food delivery, just to name a few prominent industries. The law does not apply to the purchase or lease of goods or services for commercial use, or to certain other specified transactions and industries that are already subject to other laws governing pricing. Read more here

April 17, 2024

California sets long- awaited drinking water limit for “Erin Brockovich” contaminant.

California regulators voted Wednesday to establish a drinking water limit on hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical compound made infamous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

The rule is the first in the nation to specifically target the heavy metal, known as chromium-6, and is expected to reduce the number of cancer and kidney disease cases from long-term ingestion, state officials say.

The proposal was unanimously passed by the State Water Resources Control Board, though it needs approval from the Office of Administrative Law to take effect.

The standard could inspire other states to adopt their own. More than 200 million Americans are estimated to have the chemical compound in their drinking water, according to an analysis of federal water testing data by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

Until now, California combined its drinking water standard for chromium-6 with the less toxic trivalent chromium, an essential nutrient. California’s new limit on chromium-6 is 10 parts per billion — about 10 drops of water in a swimming pool. Read more here

April 10, 2024

New EPA PFAS Drinking Water Rule.

The U.S. EPA published its National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for six PFAS chemicals – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS, and HFPO-DA (GenX Chemicals). This final ruling includes Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), which are legally enforceable limits, and MCL Goals, which are non-enforceable public health goals. Read more here

June 20, 2022

SB 54 Bill.

On June 30, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 54, requiring all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032, cutting plastic packaging by 25 percent in 10 years and requiring 65 percent of all single-use plastic packaging to be recycled in the same timeframe. Read more here