Shaina Brown

Perfluorinated chemical ban bill to become two-year bill

By Shaina Brown, Policy Director

Capitol Update, Aug. 11, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week, Assemblymember Ting informed CMTA that AB 958 will become a two-year bill. Originally, AB 958 banned perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) in food service packaging.

The bill was later amended, striking the ban, and instead did the following: 1) added PFAS chemistries used in food contact applications to DTSC’s 2018-2020 work plan; 2) allowed Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to delay listing PFAS in these applications as priority products if DTSC determined there was a lack of data available to complete its evaluation.

While the amendments addressed the troubling language prohibiting PFAS, CMTA argued that requiring DTSC to list certain chemicals under the Safer Consumer Products program is contrary to legislative intent in establishing the program. The purpose of the program is  to move away from legislating chemistry and allow DTSC’s prioritization process to determine the order of review under the SCP program.

With that argument, a large coalition of industry engaged and emphasized the need to allow the DTSC process determine priority products. CMTA will continue to monitor as the bill carries over into 2018.

For more information on this bill, please contact Shaina Brown, Policy Director at sbrown@cmta.net or by phone at (916) 498-3313.

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