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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

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

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

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

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

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

Consumer Product Alert: California Revises Draft Green Chemistry Regulations

On January 29, 2013, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released revisions to the next generation of its proposed consumer product regulations. The draft regulations set out the details of California’s...more

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