Green chemistry draft proposal out for comment

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 9, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Green Chemistry Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products was released by California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) on June 23rd for review and comment. It is available at:  www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/GreenChemistryInitiative/gc_draft_regs.cfm

This draft regulation is built on the foundation outlined in the previously released Conceptual Flowchart and Outline for Draft Regulation.  The links for these documents are below:

The draft regulation specifies the processes for DTSC to scientifically and systematically identify and prioritize chemicals and consumer products, for manufacturers to conduct alternatives assessments, and for DTSC to impose regulatory responses for alternatives selected by manufacturers.  In the coming years, these regulations may significantly impact manufacturing operations, costs, production and responsibilities for products at the end of their useful life.

Written comments are due by the close of business next Thursday, July 15, 2010.  They may be submitted by e-mail to gcregs@dtsc.ca.gov or mailed to:

    California Department of Toxic Substances Control
    Office of Legislation & Regulatory Policy
    Heather Jones, MS 22A
    PO Box 806
    Sacramento, CA 9581

If you submit comments, please forward a copy to Mike Rogge, CMTA’s Environmental Policy Director, at mrogge@cmta.net.  CMTA will also be submitting comments.

DTSC may revise this proposal, based on comments, and is targeting a mid-August release of the revised draft and the beginning of the formal Administrative Procedures Act rulemaking process.

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