California drafts green chemistry rules



California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) finally put out online its draft for the new safer Consumer Products regulation. Comments are due by July 15, 2010 and may be sent to GCRegs@dtsc.ca.gov.

According to DTSC, the draft regulation creates a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern in products, as well as stimulate innovation in California’s product development sector.

Released following 16 months of intense dialogue with stakeholders, the draft regulation would prioritize toxic chemicals and products, require manufacturers to seek safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in their products, and create tough governmental responses for lack of compliance.

The draft regulation will be implemented in three phases:

1) Prioritization process in which DTSC will identify and prioritize chemicals of concern and products that contain them.

2) Alternatives assessment of priority products conducted by manufacturers of these products, to identify safer alternatives.

3) DTSC will impose various regulatory response actions to address any remaining concerns raised by the alternatives selected by manufacturers for implementation, and to move manufacturers toward designing safer products.

More FAQs on the draft here.



One Response to California drafts green chemistry rules

  1. Paul DeLeo 2 July, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    The broader framework proposed by DTSC tracks closely with an industry proposal from last year. See http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/GreenChemistryInitiative/upload/Green_Chemistry_Input_List.pdf and go to Green Chemistry Alliance, June 24, 2009. However, the Department has a long way to go to implement a program that will be workable and successful in the long run.

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