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EPA's Revised Work Plan List And New Developments In TSCA Reform Discussed At Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Annual Conference

The Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Conference held on September 16, 2014, in San Francisco included several interesting panels discussing topics including California Safer Consumer Products Regulations' (SCPR) recently...more

California's Release Of Draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan Drives Agenda Of 5th Safer Consumer Products Summit, October...

With the draft initial Priority Product Work Plan now released, it is important for manufacturers, importers, and retailers of consumer products in the categories listed by DTSC in the Work Plan to understand and address any...more

California DTSC Releases Draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its much anticipated draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan under SCPR. The Regulations require that DTSC, by October 2014,...more

Draft DTSC Work Plan Signals Expansion of California Green Chemistry Initiative

As part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation (SCPR) under California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on September 13, 2014 issued its Draft Priority Product Three-Year Work...more

Washington Court of Appeals Holds No Duty to Defend: An Invitation to Initiate Cleanup Is Not A Suit

On June 2, 2014, the Washington State Court of Appeals issued a published opinion regarding what constitutes a “suit” in the context of environmental liability claims under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). The court held...more

Staff Changes at DTSC, Presentation on Safer Consumer Products Regulations at Conference

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced that Director Debbie Raphael will be leaving her position on May 30, 2014, to lead San Francisco's Department of the Environment. Raphael's replacement...more

DfE Under Fire: Do Fragrances Pass the Sniff Test?

Logos are powerful in driving consumer preferences. My three-year-old loves the Starbucks logo because he knows it means cookies for him and a chai latte for mommy. The Energy Star logo often plays an important role in...more

DTSC Announces Initial Priority Products Under Green Chemistry Regulations

The next phase of California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations (SCPR), also known as the Green Chemistry regulations, began on March 13, 2014, with the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s announcement of the three...more

DTSC Releases Initial Proposed “Priority Products” List for Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On March 13, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its initial proposed list of “Priority Products” for regulation under DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products program. The three categories of...more

Environmental Law - Mar 14, 2014: California Proposes Inaugural List of Priority Products to Be Regulated by the Safer Consumer...

After years in the making, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its list of the first group of Priority Products it proposes to regulate under the California Safer Consumer Products...more

Green Chemistry And Trade Secrets: California Leads Chemical Disclosure Movement, As Companies Wrestle With Options For Protection

Earlier this year, we picked mandatory public disclosure laws as a trend to watch in 2014. Developments in California seem to bear that out, and trade secrets owners will want to keep a close eye on the “green chemistry”...more

What’s in Your Product?

New law may force companies to reveal trade secrets - As new regulations on the use of toxic chemicals are implemented in California, companies may need to re-evaluate their strategies to protect their intellectual...more

California’s Green Chemistry Puts Burden on Manufacturers

California is one of the largest consumer markets in the United States. When it comes to environmental regulations, California can be the tail that wags the dog. It is not difficult for manufacturers, importers and...more

A Powerful New Tool For Brownfield Cleanup

California cities and counties have acquired a powerful new tool to clean up contaminated “brownfields” sites. On Oct. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 440, legislation that gives local government agencies in the...more

New Green Chemistry Regulations Now in Effect But Not Yet Enforceable

California’s aggressive new green chemistry regulations went into effect on October 1, starting a chemical listing process that will lead to strict reporting requirements by next spring. The “Safer Consumer Products”...more

California Passes Landmark Green Chemical Laws

On August 28, 2013 the California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) approved California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (“DTSC”) Safer Products Regulations. These regulations will go into effect on October 1,...more

Governor Brown Signs SB 4 Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing Well Stimulation Treatments

Hydraulic fracturing continues to increase, but regulations have lagged behind the practice. Hydraulic fracturing (sometimes called well stimulation treatment) is used as means to extract and explore underground oil and gas....more

Toxics in Consumer Products: California Implements Safer Consumer Product Regulations

Today, California’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations became law as the state’s latest attempt to regulate the chemical composition of a broad range of consumer products. The regulations contain detailed procedures to...more

California Adopts Nationally Ground-Breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations

California's Green Chemistry Initiative blazes a new trail for consumer products in the United States, establishing a comprehensive approach aimed at reducing — over time — exposures to hazardous chemicals commonly found in a...more

California Adopts Landmark Green Chemistry Regulations

On August 28, 2013, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Safer Consumer Product regulations. The groundbreaking green chemistry regulations take...more

California’s New Green Chemistry Regulations Taking Effect

New California regulations awaiting final approval may soon require businesses to study alternatives to certain chemicals used in their products, and in some cases, redesign products or pull them from the market. ...more

DTSC Rulemaking Proposes to Classify All Discarded Solar Panels As Hazardous Waste

On June 27, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (“DTSC”) announced a 15 day comment period on new regulations concerning the disposal of photovoltaic (PV) modules—broadly defined as “any photovoltaic device...more

C-20 and C-21 Contractors – New Regulations for Disposal of Mercury Thermostats Take Effect July 1, 2013

January is traditionally the month when new laws and regulations are implemented with July, the closest mid-point CSLB logoin the year, following a distant second. This July though seems particularly busy with new ADA...more

California’s Sweeping Green Chemistry Regulations One Step Closer to Reality

As we’ve previously reported here, California is close to finalizing regulations to implement the “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” enacted by the Legislature and signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. On...more

California Marching Toward Adoption of Green Chemistry Regulations

More than two years behind schedule, with no one apparently satisfied with the form of its regulations, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) appears to be taking the final steps toward adopting its...more

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