California Prop 65

We are providing the following Proposition 65 Warning WARNING for brass products on our site:

Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product can expose you to lead known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

What is Proposition 65?

In November 1986, California approved Proposition 65 to address concerns about exposures to toxic chemicals. That initiative became The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

What does Proposition 65 require?

First, it requires the Governor of California to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Over 900 chemicals and materials, including many metals and plastics, have been listed as of March 10, 2000.

Second, it requires Manufacturers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before exposing anyone to a listed chemical. This warning can be given by a variety of means, such as by labeling a consumer product, by posting signs at the workplace, or by publishing notices in a newspaper.            

What kinds of chemicals and materials are on the list?

The list contains a wide range of chemicals and materials, including many metals and plastics, dyes, solvents, pesticides, drugs, food additives, and byproducts of certain processes. These chemicals may be naturally occurring, or synthetic. Some of them are ingredients of common household products, others are specialty chemicals used in common industrial applications.

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Why does Proto Pipe include this warning on its products?

We are providing Proposition 65 warnings to inform consumers that the product contains chemicals on the State of California’s Proposition 65 list. All brass Proto Pipe products are made from pure brass alloy 360, which contains a small, but detectable, amount of lead. The Prop 65 warning does not mean that our products will actually cause harm. The State of California has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” Think of the law as a “Right to Know” rather than it being unsafe.