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.