DTSC releases final 2018-2020 workplan & NPEs in laundry detergent profile, more to come

By Dawn Koepke

Capitol Update, May 18, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products Program recently released its final 2018-2020 Workplan, adding two new product categories - food packaging and lead acid batteries.  The Workplan will be the basis for future product-chemical priority listings that, once adopted via regulation, would be subject to manufacturer review of whether the chemical for which the product was listed is necessary and whether viable, safer alternatives exist. Other product categories that rolled over from the prior Workplan include personal care and beauty products, cleaning products, household and office furnishings, and office and school products. 

Additionally, DTSC announced the release of a draft Product-Chemical Profile on nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in Laundry Detergents and is seeking public comment on the profile.  This is the first step towards formally listing the product-chemical combination, which would be accomplished through regulation later this year or early 2019. DTSC will host a workshop on June 11th from 10 am to 12 noon in Sacramento to receive public input. 

While these two developments are significant, they are only just the beginning. DTSC expects to move forward with releasing additional product-chemical profiles and conducting scoping workshops later this year, including one focused on nail products. Further, they announced the spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted MDI (Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a chemical) priority product listing regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and will go into effect on July 1st. To that end, DTSC will also be releasing guidance for a few of the process steps related to the alternatives analyses manufacturers of spray foam containing MDI will have to undertake. 

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