Gino DiCaro

Alarming green chemistry questions

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 18, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On April 9th the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal EPA’s) Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) asked Mike Rogge, CMTA’s Director of Environmental Quality, and others to answer seven provocative questions to help inform their "Green Chemistry Initiative".  DTSC’s reaction to the answers will very likely affect the majority of our businesses, as well as our private lives.  The questions are:
  1. How much should the tax be on hazardous chemicals produced, used, or distributed in California?
  2. What information would trigger a ban of a chemical by the state of California?
  3. What incentives should the state of California provide to promote the development of safer chemical or product alternatives?  
  4. What would be the appropriate response by the state of California for failure to use safer alternatives?
  5. What would be the appropriate response by the state of California for failure to disclose product ingredients?
  6. By what date should the state of California require reusable or biodegradable non-petroleum based packaging?
  7. How can industry use a multi-media standard, such as ISO 14000, to demonstrate performance above and beyond compliance with regulatory standards for products and processes?

DTSC has asked for a response by April 23rd.  They intend to unveil their draft proposal at a workshop in Sacramento on May 15th with a recommendation on how to proceed to Linda Adams, the Secretary of Cal EPA, by July 1.  

DTSC proposals will affect all manufacturers and your input is important.  If you have suggestions that you would like to see incorporated in our response, please contact Mike Rogge as soon as possible.

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