About a year and a half ago, Cal Biz Lit took a look at all of the 60 day notices for the previous year (July 2013 through June, 2014) to see what chemicals were being cited for companies’ failure to give “clear and reasonable warning” before causing exposures. We found there were a total of 1045 notices identifying twelve chemicals. The biggest players by far were DEHP and lead, in that order.
Today, we thought it would be worth looking at 2015 data and seeing what has changed. The result: much has changed, much has not. There were 1,336 notices in 2015, identifying thirty chemicals. Many notices included more than one chemical, and many named more than one company. Here’s the rundown:
As they say in the investment business, past results are no guaranty of future performance. So we can’t be sure what chemicals bounty hunters will be looking for, or finding in the months and years to come. Certainly we can expect that when the warning requirements become effective for Bisphenol A (May 11, 2016), Aloe Vera and goldenseal root powder (December 4, 2016), we can expect some activity involving those. But with approximately 935 chemicals listed under Proposition 65, it would make sense for companies to begin their focus on these three chemicals and the ones in the chart.