California proposition 65 

The Center for Advanced Public Awareness  is primarily concerned with issues relating to consumer safety. Our current focus is on Proposition 65 violations, where consumers face significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  

prop 65 list of chemicals

Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin.  The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

The list of Proposition 65 chemicals includes a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.

The chemicals that CAPA is currently primarily concerned with are phthalates, commonly used as softeners in plastics.   These chemicals have been shown to cause reproductive harm, and several are also banned under the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in children's toys and childcare articles.

For the complete list of current proposition 65 chemicals, you can read more here from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). 

toxics testing program

As part of CAPA's ongoing support of a consumer's right to know what chemicals may be in products they are actively using and in an effort to decrease the numbers and variety of potentially toxic products that reach California consumers, CAPA is pleased to offer free laboratory testing for phthalates, pesticides, lead, arsenic, cadmium in consumer products.  Simply complete the form here to submit your product for screening and approval for admission to the program. 


Our advocacy and litigation helps to keep harmful pollutants out of our drinking water supply and out of our rivers, beaches, and bays.

Storm water pollution remains one of the major contributors to pollution of our waterways. The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance and Enforcement Program of the Clean Water Act regulates point source discharges to the nation's waters. Through field research and member reporting, we identify companies and sources that are in violation of pollution discharge guidelines. We then attempt to work with the company to find and engineer solutions to the issue. If these attempts are unsuccessful, or the company is unresponsive, it can lead to the need to litigate to ensure that the pollution is stopped.

Following successful litigation, we continue to monitor these companies to ensure continued compliance with federal Clean Water Guidelines.

But we can only continue our efforts with the help of our members and contributors. We need your help to protect our water. Help report storm water pollution violations here.

more about the CLEAN Water act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. "Clean Water Act" became the Act's common name with amendments in 1972.

Under the CWA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. EPA has also developed national water quality criteria recommendations for pollutants in surface waters. Read more about the EPA’s compliance and monitoring programs with respect to the Clean Water Act here.