CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1992 |
Los Angeles fire officials graphically showed the dangers of using gasoline as a cleaning fluid Thursday by igniting a demonstration fire on the charred site of a gasoline explosion that left a Sun Valley man critically injured and his family homeless.
January 5, 1992 |
Take some garlic, rosemary, safflower oil, papaya, a bit of cucumber, lettuce and tomato and what do you have? A Caesar salad? Dinner at a posh yuppie restaurant? The recipe for your Aunt Minnie's world-famous gazpacho? Maybe. But it also could be your shampoo or conditioner. Fruits, vegetables and other exotic ingredients are popular selling points in modern hair products.
September 10, 1991 |
Citing opposition by former U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday vetoed a heavily lobbied bill that would have banned the use of live rabbits to test whether cosmetics or household cleaning products irritate human eyes or skin. "We must err on the side of consumer safety, particularly since, as C. Everett Koop points out, babies and children are the victims of most inadvertent exposure to cosmetic and household products," the governor said in his veto message.
September 4, 1991 |
When she heard about the warning letter, Chun Ja Ahn started to worry. Written by regional clean air authorities, it told of cancer risks from the chemicals used to operate a dry-cleaning machine she wanted to buy for her shop. Under the regulators' new policy, if Ahn wanted a permit, she would have to distribute the notice to nearby residents. "What if they get upset?" she wondered aloud to her children in her native Korean. "What if they boycott us?"
June 6, 1991 |
Legislation to prohibit using live rabbits to test whether cosmetics or cleaning products will irritate human eyes or skin was approved Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. "This bill simply bans a cruel and archaic test that often results in blindness or painful death for animals," said Assemblyman Jack O'Connell (D-Carpinteria), the sponsor of the measure. A 7-3 vote sent the bill, which earlier passed the Assembly by a large margin, to the Appropriations Committee.
June 6, 1991 |
Perfume, dishwashing and laundry detergents, starches, shoe polish, insecticides and car wax are among the targets being considered in the third round of restrictions aimed at reducing pollution of California air by common consumer products. The state Air Resources Board is expected to evaluate the latest list in October, about a year after imposing regulations on 16 products ranging from hair spray to floor polish and two years after enacting a rule governing underarm deodorants.
March 6, 1991 |
The maker of Simple Green, a biodegradable cleaning liquid, said Tuesday that it has signed a marketing deal in which it will donate a percentage of sales to the International Red Cross in exchange for displaying the symbol of the Geneva-based relief agency on its packaging. Sunshine Makers Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991 |
More than 1,400 motorists crowded into a Sun Valley lot Saturday to unload household hazardous wastes at a city-sponsored roundup held as a condition for the expansion of Lopez Canyon Landfill. Residents from Lake View Terrace to West Los Angeles--their cars and trucks loaded with old paint cans, motor oil, pesticides and cleaners--snaked in and out of the city-owned lot for six hours. A crew of more than 150 hazardous waste specialists sorted and packed the materials for disposal or recycling.
July 12, 1990 |
Under legal pressure by environmentalists, five major retail chains are pulling K2r Spotlifter from the shelves of more than 1,400 California stores because the product does not bear a cancer warning. Lucky Stores, Alpha Beta, Safeway Stores, Thrifty Drug Stores and Sav-on responded to a complaint filed July 5 by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club under California's Proposition 65. Some of the stores also withdrew certain other products cited in the complaint.