The California Legislature has passed AB 227, which would give business owners receiving a notice of Proposition 65 violation a two-week grace period, during which they could avoid a lawsuit by posting the required warning signs and paying a $500 fine. The bill now heads to governor Jerry Brown, who has 30 days to sign or veto it, Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Ikea has agreed to pay $60,000 in civil penalties and $39,000 in legal fees, in an out-of-court Prop. 65 settlement with law firm The Chanler Group, Furniture Today reports. The firm filed a complaint charging that Ikea failed to properly notify customers of the presence of the chemical TDCPP in changing pads. Ikea agreed that by March 31, the products it manufactures, imports, ships, sells and distributes in California will contain no more than 0.0025% by weight of TDCPP or TCEP in foam or filling materials.
ASTM International has launched ASTM D7841, Practice for Sustainable Laundry Best Management Practices, a standard that defines best practices to help commercial laundry facilities reduce their impact on the environment. Industries that rely on delivered laundered textiles are expected to be the primary users of D7841, which covers water reuse, boiler heat recovery, low-temperature detergents, alternative energy, vehicle route optimization and recycling.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched a second, final round of public consultation on its proposals for improving its environmental standard for fisheries. Stakeholders can also comment on changes to the fisheries assessment process, designed to reduce the time, cost and complexity of certification assessments. The online consultation will close on 26 October 2013, and the MSC expects to adopt the current changes in July 2014.
Target has achieved LEED certification for another 44 store locations in Canada, meaning all 68 of its newly launched Canadian locations meet the standard. It is pursuing LEED certification for all 124 stores scheduled to open in Canada this year, through the LEED Volume Program. The 44 new locations are in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition and renovation project at the University of Iowa has earned LEED Gold certification. Building features include irrigation-free landscaping, energy cost savings of 51 percent, and the use of oat hulls as biomass for generating energy.