Environment

CalOSHA revised its proposed legislation to prevent indoor heat-related illnesses by regulating the temperature in indoor places of employment.

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NAFEM members have raised questions regarding the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) plans to enforce EPA’s original SNAP 20 & 21 rules, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently provided an update on its plans to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in part, by prohibiting refrigerants with a high Global Warming Potential (GWP) in stationary refrigeration systems.

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Recently, OEHHA changed the language of the required Prop 65 warning labels. These changes took effect on August 30, 2018. At the same time, OEHHA clarified that manufacturers have the primary responsibility for providing Prop 65 warnings, although fines can be levied all along the supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors to commercial kitchens.

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 100 setting a target of 100 percent clean electricity across the state by 2045.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider a request from attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s decision to vacate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule.

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California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York have all committed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by adopting vacated rules 20 and 21 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP).

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing on Oct. 16 to discuss rescinding a 2016 Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulation that prohibits knowingly venting or releasing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) during maintenance, serving and repair processes.

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Some communities also have banned plastic bottles, cups and cutlery, preferring biodegradable alternatives.

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