Curb Bee-Killing Neonic Pesticides
This bill will prohibit the sale of non-agricultural use of neonicotinoid pesticides starting January of 2024.
Learn More: NDRC.org
California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act
Passed 2021, In effect 2023
This new law will ban PFAS “toxic forever chemicals” from to-go containers and require cookware manufacturers to disclose presence of hazardous chemicals in California beginning January 1, 2023.
- Learn More: California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act
- Introduced bill in 2020: S 4406 Protect America’s Children From Toxic Pesticides Act (sponsored by Sen Tom Udall, NM) The bill calls for comprehensive regulatory changes, including the following:
- Ending indefinite delays in pesticide review
- Requiring emergency review of pesticides banned in other nations
- Ending abuse of emergency exemptions
- Canceling use of organophosphates, neonicotinoids, and paraquat
- Ending state preemption of local pesticide laws
Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act
Passed 2020 In effect 2025
Effects: Everything You Need to Know About California’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act | Environmental Working Group
- Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act passed in 2020. Prohibits the use of 12 chemicals in personal care products to be sold in CA.
Menstrual Product Right-to-Know Act
Passed 2020, In effect 2023
As of January 1, 2023, any package or box containing menstrual products for sale in California must have printed on the label a plain and conspicuous list of all ingredients. This information must also be posted on an internet website. Any menstrual product that does not comply with this required ingredient disclosure will be prohibited from being sold in California as of January 1, 2023.
Learn More: https://www.womensvoices.org/2020/09/30/statement-passing-of-ab1989-period-product-ingredient-disclosure-bill/ Bill Text – AB-1989 Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2020.
CA SB 312
The Cosmetic Fragrance & Flavor Ingredient Right-to-Know Act
Passed 2020, in effect 2022
Purpose: In effect January 1, 2022, the new law requires cosmetics manufacturers of products sold in the CA to give California Safe Cosmetics Program a list of previously undisclosed fragrance and flavor ingredients in their products; many of which are known carcinogens or allergens.
Learn more about the new law here. Find out what is in your cosmetic brand: https://cscpsearch.cdph.ca.gov/search/publicsearch
Pesticides: use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides
Passed 2020 In effect 2021
CA Healthy Schools Act (HSA)
Passed 2020 In effect 2020
Healthy Schools Act: Requirements – Agriculture, Weights and Measures – County of Marin
- right to know pesticides used at schools and daycare. Schools required to keep annual records of pesticide use and make available upon request, and submit to Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
- annually every January. Encourages use of least toxic testX management practices. Requires anyone using pesticides including disinfectants in schools to complete Integrated Pest Management Training (IPM). The Actaq doesn’t require private schools to participate/comply. IF only HSA-exempt pesticides are being used, a school does NOT need to have an IPM plan or IPM coordinator.
- Passage of AB2826 in 2018 directed DPR to evaluate implementation and effect of HSA and provide recommendations.
Learn More: Information Sheet for Parents Regarding AB 2260, the Healthy Schools Act of 2000
CA Cleaning Product Right to Know Act
Passed 2017 In effect 2020
Effects: California enacts law requiring cleaning product ingredient disclosures
Lead-Safe Schools Protection Act CA
Passed 1992 In effect 2017
Protect Children from Lead in Schools and Daycares – The Lawmaker Network
*2017 CA- EWG-sponsored lead bills signed into law include:
- AB 2370, by Assemblymember Chris Holden, requires licensed child care centers to test their tap water for lead contamination. If high lead levels are found, the centers must find an alternate source of safe drinking water. The centers must also provide parents with information about lead risks and testing. This bill couples with an EWG-sponsored budget appropriation of $5 million to fund water testing and remediation at centers.
- Learn More: FACT SHEET: AB 2370
- SB 1041, by State Sen. Connie Leyva, requires the Department of Public Health to publicly report the rates of blood lead testing among children enrolled, and not enrolled, in Medi-Cal. Doctors must also inform parents about child blood lead testing standards.
- Learn More: Bill Text – SB-1041 Sales and use taxes: general exemptions.
- SB 1097, by Sen. Ben Hueso, requires the Department of Public Health to make public reports on county-level childhood lead testing, exposure rates, the local sources of lead related to individual lead-poisoning cases, and if those sources have been removed or abated
- Learn More: Senate Bill 1097
Lead in Candy Bill
Passed in 2005
Set Lead in Candy limit of 0.10ppm (often found in imported candy with tamarind, chili, salt from Mexico, Malaysia, China)
Learn More: AB 121 Lead in Candy Bill
CalEPA, established by executive order in 1991.
CalEPA currently consists of the following departments:
Air Resources Board (ARB),
Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR),
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, (CalRecycle),
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC),
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA),
State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).