California Needs Action on Toxic Algal Blooms Polluting California’s Waters

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced a two bill package today to strengthen California’s management of harmful algal blooms, which release toxins in recreational lakes and drinking water reservoirs.

Legislation Requires Fish Warnings to Protect Public Health

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 762 to require local health agencies to post advisories at California water bodies depicting the amount of fish caught there that people can safely eat.

Legislation Compels Lead Safety Protections for Workers

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) will force the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to put critical protections in place to keep workers safe from lead exposure.

New law aims to deflate metallic balloon outages, hazards

Paul Netter, Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison, like other California utilities that experience hundreds of metallic-balloon-caused power outages and their potential hazards yearly, will find out, thanks to a new state law.

Homeless Pets Find Forever Homes this Valentine’s Day

HAYWARD – In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the Hayward Animal Shelter hosted their fourth annual “All Fur Love” pet adoption event. Free pet adoptions were offered to qualified homes.  Through their combined efforts many shelter pets were able to find forever homes this past Saturday.

Is California Protecting Consumers From Toxic Chemicals in Products?

SACRAMENTO – Today, in a joint hearing, the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), along with the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica), will ask the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and other experts to evaluate how well the state’s Green Chemistry Progr