California Revamps Draft Green Chemistry Regulations for Safer Consumer Products

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On October 31, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) issued informal draft regulations for Safer Consumer Products, making significant revisions from earlier drafts. DTSC will hold a workshop on December 5, 2011 and has requested comments by December 30, 2011.

In the face of concerns raised from across the spectrum of stakeholders and after already substantially revising a prior draft set of regulations, in December 2010, DTSC put its proposed Safer Consumer Products Alternatives regulations on hold. Despite a statutorily mandated January 2011 adoption date, DTSC reconvened its Green Ribbon Science Panel in an attempt to put the cornerstone of its Green Chemistry initiative back on track, whereupon it spent the better part of the year collecting additional input from stakeholders.

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