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December 23, 2011 > Green Chemistry regulations

Green Chemistry regulations

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

New regulations creating a robust process to identify, prioritize and evaluate chemicals of concern used in consumer products could possibly be adopted by next fall, the director of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control told the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee December 8.

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) chaired the ESTM hearing to review new informal draft regulations of the Safer Consumer Products program, also known as Green Chemistry. The DTSC released the latest draft on October 31. The Green Chemistry regulations are designed to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in products in order to protect consumers.

"The Green Chemistry regulations have enormous implications for the future of California," Wieckowski said. "They have the potential to steadily reduce the commercial use of toxic substances and better protect the public's health."

Green Chemistry regulations are required under legislation approved by the state in 2008. Earlier proposed regulations released at the end of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration were never finalized.

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