California signs green chemistry bills

California’s version of European chemical regulation REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances) might come to town sooner than later by the indication of new Green Chemistry bills, SB 509 and AB 1879, signed yesterday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SB 509 requires California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to establishes a website called Toxics Information Clearinghouse that will provide information to consumers and businesses about chemicals and chemical products they make, use, buy or sell.

AB 1879 would also require DTSC to establish a process that will systematically identify chemicals of concern to human health or the environment, as well as gives DTSC authority to regulate such chemicals in consumer products.

DTSC is expected to start the toxic chemical evaluation by January 1, 2011.

The legislations are considered the first stepping stones of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative.

One Response to California signs green chemistry bills

  1. Pradeep 9 October, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    At a not-so recent green chemistry conference I was at, a representative from a biotech company did not like that CA was adopting European-style legislation for regulating chemicals. He told us ( and I agree with him) that the problem with the DTSC’s approach was that it reportedly did not consider the exposure, only the hazard due to these chemicals. Risk = Hazard x Exposure. He also wanted a cost-benefit analysis to see if a particular chemical should be regulated.

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