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Following are 2 Gas Warning examples mailed to Californians.



The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals "known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm " It also requires California businesses to warn the public quarterly of potential exposures to these chemicals which result from their operations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company uses chemicals in its operations that are "known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm."

For example, PG&E uses fossil fuels (natural gas and petroleum products) in its operations. The combustion of fossil fuels can generate by-products such as carbon monoxide, soot, cnd formlaldhyde. These chemicals are "known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm." Use of natural gas in home or commercial appliances can also produce these combustion by-products. Properly operating gas appliances create less carbon monoxide and soot.

PG&E conducts sandblasting at power plants and compressor stations, which can release sand. Sand naturally contains crystalline silica, a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer"

Natural gas, in its original state, contains radon and benzene, chemicals "known to the State of California to cause cancer." It also contains toluene, a chemical "known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm." The benzene and toluene are destroyed when natural gas is burned. Radon does not burn but is released with the combustion by-products. Radon and natural gas combustion by-products can generally be removed through appliance vents and other exhaust systems.

A warning odorant is added to natural gas so that leaks of unburned gas can be quickly detected. If gas odor is detected, PG&E should be contacted promptly.

PG&E provides a free service to check and adjust your home gas appliances. Please call your local PG&E office if you would like your gas appliances checked.

For additional information on this Proposition 65 warning, write to PG&E at PO. Box 7640, San Francisco, CA 94120.

Safety Series

Proposition 65 Warning

As a result of Proposition 65, the State of California lists substances known to cause cancer or reporoductive harm.

We want you to be aware of the following so you can minimize possible exposure to substances of the state's list related to natural gas service.

Facilitiles and Work Sites

Some materials, such as paint, gasoline, natural gas and tobacco smoke found at or around our facilities, motor vehicles and work sites contains subsatnces on the state's list, such as benzene. We handle all materials carefully for our good health as well as yours. However, exposure to substances on the state's list will occur at or near these locations.

Natural Gas Leaks

Small amounts of substances on the state's list, such as benzene, are found in natural gas. If gas is leaking, exposure to these substances will occur. To minimize possible exposure leave the area of the gas leak and call us immeadiately.

Natural Gas Combustion

Combustion, including burning natural gas, produces substances on the state's list such as soot. To minimize exposure, operate gas equipment according to manufacturers' instructions.

The Gas Company©

Glad to be of service

Southern California Gas Company 9606-14 6/96

Did you catch the important public disclosure? The warnings say chemicals such as Benzene, Toluene, Radon and Soot are dumped directly into your home by the utility.

Did you know gas utilities dump their hazardous waste inside your home? Did anyone ask for your permission? Were you properly notified? Were there any environmental impact studies performed at your dump site, before, during and after? Have any occupant health effect studies been performed?

Did you know gas utilitys also dump PCBs inside your home along with other hazardous waste? The reason you don't know, is because they choose not to warn you that PCBs contaminate natural gas.

Are you being paid a fair-market dumping fee? Do you have proper insurance coverage to collect and store hazardous waste after incineration? Do you have the proper hazardous waste incineration equipment at your disposal site?

These gas warnings published in California are the only public disclosure that gas utilities knowningly dump chemical waste inside the consumer's premises.

It must be noted that various California gas utilities are allowed their own interpretation about what constitutes adequate public warning. No other state has such contaminated gas warning laws to protect their citizens.

The exampled gas warnings reproduced here are representative of the California gas utility requirements under the State's Proposition 65 and do not represent all of California Gas Utilitys. Other California gas utility warnings may differ from these examples.

Utilitys outside California don't even go this far in warning their consumers or the public at large.

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