Congratulations to Alameda County for the recent court ruling upholding the county's Safe Drug Disposal ordinance.
This ordinance requires drug manufacturers to develop and support safe disposal programs for unused medications. It is a fair requirement given that supporting such programs is a minuscule cost compared to the profits these companies make.
Hopefully, instead of further legal appeals, the pharmaceutical industry will remember that its focus is on health and will work with the county to keep left over drugs off our streets and out of our water.
California became the first state in the nation on Thursday to propose a safe-water limit on cancer-causing chromium-6, made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich.”
The California Department of Public Health proposed a maximum contaminate level — or MCL — of 10 parts per billion for the carcinogen, which gained notoriety after residents of the High Desert town of Hinkley won a settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric over well water tainted by chromium-6. The number will be posted for public comment starting a noon Friday on the department’s website.
The department will have public hearings in Northern and Southern California on Oct. 11.
EL CERRITO -- The city's citizen Environmental Quality Committee gave its blessing July 9 to a proposal that would ban single-use plastic bags and styrene containers for takeout food, as well as a plan for the city to buy 7.5 acres in the hills to connect two city-owned areas of open space.
El Cerrito is in the midst of a public comment period on the bag and container ordinance that ends Monday, after which the City Council will consider a first draft when it meets Aug. 20.
Tuesday was the second meeting where the public was allowed to speak on the bag and container ordinance.