Standards & Compliance Briefing: McDonald’s, KFC Prop. 65 Suits; LEED for DuPont, Canon

by | Feb 25, 2014

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked California’s Second District Court of Appeal to revive lawsuits alleging that McDonald’s, KFC, Applebee’s and other restaurant chains did not give sufficient warning, under Proposition 65, that their chicken grilling creates a carcinogen, Law360 reports.

Consumer Advocacy Group has threatened to sue Unified Grocers, Marquez Brothers International, Super King Markets and other businesses in California because they allegedly sold rice containing either lead or arsenic, without warning customers as required under Proposition 65, Law360 reports.

DuPont has earned its second LEED Gold certification for a building in the Wilmington, Del., area. The four-story, 170,000 sq ft office building at the Chestnut Run complex features more than 20 DuPont products, and 95 percent of structural steel used is from recycled materials. 

Canon’s Americas headquarters in Melville, N.Y., has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The facility includes 90 parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, and charging stations for 12 plug-in electric vehicles.

Philips has earned Energy Star certification for the A19 and A21, its second generation 75-watt and 100-watt LED equivalent bulbs. The new bulbs gain two watts in efficiency over their first generation predecessors, which were introduced two years ago.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center received LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance, in addition to its existing LEED Platinum for new construction. The Energy Innovation Center is a 27,000-foot demonstration facility where SDG&E’s residential and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability and alternative fuel technologies. The latest certification recognizes sustainability practices including food waste composting, effective use of HVAC, and use of low-impact paints, pesticides and fertilizers.

The IEEE Standards Association approved two new projects to develop future standardization of phasor data concentrators: IEEE PC37.247 “Standard for Phasor Data Concentrators for Power Systems” and IEEE PC37.248 “Guide for Common Format for Naming Intelligent Electronic Devices.” Both development projects are intended to produce standards that improve fault management and other smart grid functionality.

ASTM has published ASTM D4194-03(2014), Standard Test Methods for Operating Characteristics of Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices. Reverse osmosis and nanofiltration desalinating devices can be used to produce potable water from brackish supplies and seawater as well as to upgrade the quality of industrial water.

ASTM has published ASTM D3923-08(2014), Standard Practices for Detecting Leaks in Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices.

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