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On January 8, 2011, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at amending the regulations governing the short-form warning under Proposition 65. The deadline for submitting comments in response to this notice is March 8, 2021.

In 2016, OEHHA adopted new Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warning regulations which became operative in August 2018.  Among other changes, the regulations provided for a short-form warning which allowed for an abbreviated product warning in certain circumstances. If a company used the short form, it was not required to list the name of the chemical that created the risk. So until now the following warning was sufficient:

WARNING: Cancer and reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

On December 12, 2015, delegations from 195 nations reached consensus on a historic climate accord. The Paris Agreement was the culmination of a process that began in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created.  The three central objectives of the Paris Agreement are:

(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;

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