CMTA and broad green chemistry alliance submit final comments on regulations

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 23, 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.

CMTA and the "Green Chemistry Alliance" submitted its final comments on Thursday, July 22. You can read the letter here. CMTA's primary concerns are six-fold: the broad definition of "chemicals of concern", the lack of required sound science with which to base future decisions, the unrealistic low 0.1% threshold, the usage of intermediates other than Cal OSHA for responsibility, third party certification, and confidentiality issues.

As background, 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.

DTSC is aiming to begin the formal rulemaking process at the end of August/early September. They are considering holding two hearings at the end of the 45-day comment period, in Northern and Southern California. Stay tuned.

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