Proposition 65 or "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986" is a California law that has been in effect since 1986 to promote clean drinking water and reduce exposure to toxic substances that cause cancer and birth defects. Under Proposition 65, businesses are required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. Notification is not required if a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses no significant risk.
Our client operates an aerospace manufacturing facility in Torrance, California. Production activities include metal finishing, paint spraying, and the combustion of natural gas and various liquid fuels. Verdant performed an assessment to determine if public warnings are required in compliance with California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Verdant personnel prepared an emission inventory for all of the operations ongoing at the site, including paint and solvent usage, chromium emissions from a chemical film line, and combustion-related emissions. They modeled these emissions using state-of-the-art techniques and site-specific parameters. They were able to demonstrate that the operation does not pose a significant risk and eliminated the need for notification.