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.