A very interesting development here is the recent agreement between the Danish government and the Californian environment authorities on green chemistry initiatives.
The Danish Minister for the Environment, Troels Lund Poulsen, said this cooperation will focus on exchanging experience, training, and best available technology in the chemicals field, particularly on endocrine disruptors, combination effects and nanotechnology.
“I know that people in California are very interested in our knowledge about endocrine disruptors and our experience in enforcing regulation and informing about problem substances in consumer products. On the other hand, California has invested huge resources in developing “green chemicals”, environmental and health assessments of nanomaterials, and developing consumer product registers. This is where we in Denmark can benefit from Californian knowledge and experience,” said Mr. Lund Poulsen.
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is currently continuing to develop the Safer Alternative Regulations under its Green Chemistry Initiative. Under the proposal, California manufacturers will be forced to use non-toxic chemicals in their products by 2011. There are currently around 10,000 chemicals on the state’s draft list. DTSC expects to finalize the proposal by the end of 2010.
Some of the comments coming from proponents and against the regulation proposal can be found here.