Our last post introduced Governor Jerry Brown's recently announced plans to pursue changes to an important California law: Proposition 65. Look back at our last post for an overview of one of Proposition 65's most important provisions - unique to California, the law allows private citizens to sue businesses for failing to warn the public of toxic exposure.
Californians should be aware of Proposition 65 and the benefits that it provides. Without a law like this, the burden is primarily on government agencies to determine whether a business's activities pose a chemical danger to the public. Unfortunately, the burden of this role is enormous and even usually effective agencies like the EPA cannot police and prevent all of the situations in which toxic chemical products can be harmful.