Last week, California regulators proposed changing the state’s popular rooftop solar program largely to benefit monopoly utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric, making it more expensive for working- and middle-class families to adopt solar.
The California Public Utilities Commission's long-awaited revised proposal for the future of the solar program drops, for now, a plan to impose a steep monthly tax on the vital clean energy source, as sought by the state’s three monopoly utilities. But the commission is not ruling out reviving the tax in the future.
“This is a temporary, strategic retreat from the indefensible solar tax the commission and utilities got caught trying to impose on rooftop solar owners. Even so, by slashing the payments rooftop solar can earn from selling clean, unused energy back to the grid, this proposal will significantly compromise California’s greatest clean energy success story,” said Environmental Working Group President and California resident Ken Cook.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit last week against chemical companies for endangering public health, and harming and destroying the state’s natural resources with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.
“Toxic PFAS contaminate California’s water, food, soil and air,” said Bill Allayaud, EWG California director of government affairs. “The chemicals are used in countless consumer products – from personal care to textiles to food packaging.”
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Benzene in personal care products
Other aerosol products have been recalled in the past because of the presence of benzene, according to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. That list includes some Old Spice and Secret deodorant sprays and some Pantene and Herbal Essences hair products, as well as a few sunscreens. (A recent study in California also found that benzene commonly leaks from gas stoves.)