California's Prop 65

California's Proposition 65

(California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act)

Representative Matters

  • Represent numerous clients in matters alleging environmental, product and workplace exposures. Includes the use of consumer products, including food and beverage containers, cosmetic and beauty products, toys, jewelry, china, crystal, food items (including herbal supplements), computer products, automotive parts, etc...
  • Represent an international oil and gas company in connection with an appeal regarding a Proposition 65 discharge action.
  • Represent major California hospitality and apartment associations with Proposition 65 defense and compliance issues.
  • Represent Fortune 100 companies and medium, small and “mom and pop” companies. 

Hunton & Williams has one of the most prominent environmental practices, having received a #1 national ranking by Chambers. Formed in 1970, soon after passage of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air Act, our environmental team initially represented individual electric utilities in nuclear, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act matter. Over time, the practice has grown substantially, involving every major federal environmental statute and state environmental matters.

Our California attorneys are on the front lines of emerging environmental issues, including California's Proposition 65. We counsel clients on environmental products litigation and enforcement, regulatory issues, air quality and permitting, land use, international and domestic climate change issues, water resources, water quality issues, Superfund, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, CPSIA, REACH/chemical regulations/FIFRA, RCRA, wetlands, and endangered species.

Additionally, our European attorneys are well versed in REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical Substances), the European Union's new chemical regulation. Similar to California's Proposition 65, the REACH Regulation imposes a series of complex and onerous obligations on manufacturers, importers, and users of chemical substances. It applies not only to to chemical substances as such, but also to all products containing chemicals, manufactured in the EU or imported from abroad. Hunton & Williams' attorneys have been involved with REACH Regulation since its inception, starting with the Commission's review of the current European Commission's chemical regulatory regime. We have monitored the development of the REACH Regulation for trade associations and other clients, and analyzed the business impact of the proposed REACH Regulation and various proposed amendments. We have commented on the Commission's proposals, and have participated actively in the public debate on REACH. Now that the REACH Regulation has entered into force, we are advising both non-EU and EU companies on REACH strategy and compliance.

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