California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) released yesterday its final Green Chemistry Initiative proposals that aims to eliminate or reduce toxic chemicals in California’s products and manufacturing processes.
Six policies were recommended:
- EXPAND POLLUTION PREVENTION and product stewardship programs.
- DEVELOP GREEN CHEMISTRY WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING through new and existing educational programs and partnerships.
- CREATE AN ONLINE PRODUCT INGREDIENT NETWORK to disclose chemical ingredients for products sold in California, while protecting trade secrets.
- CREATE AN ONLINE TOXICS CLEARINGHOUSE, an online database of chemical toxicity and hazards populated with the guidance of a Green Ribbon Science Panel to help prioritize chemicals of concern and data needs.
- ACCELERATE THE QUEST FOR SAFER PRODUCTS, creating a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern and alternatives to ensure product safety and reduce or eliminate the need for chemical-by-chemical bans.
- MOVE TOWARD A CRADLE-TO-CRADLE ECONOMY, establishing a California Green Products Registry to develop green metrics and tools (e.g., environmental footprint calculators, sustainability indexes) for a range of consumer products and encourage their use by businesses.
The whole report can be accessed here. Product Stewarship programs are already in placed within the chemical industry so that policy is workable. I’m pretty sure there would be a little cringing on the toxic clearing house and chemical evaluation but they don’t sound as bad as expected. But then that is just my opinion…