Green chemistry regulations on hold

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 21, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last December 2nd, a European Union (EU) Commission commented on California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) draft of “Safer Consumer Product Alternative Regulations” (green chemistry). In a letter to DTSC they stated their belief that the draft regulations conflict with a Technical Barriers to Trade agreement within the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This issue has apparently been discussed between WTO members and the U.S. State Department.  EU officials expressed concerns that the draft rules establish a number of direct obligations for producers of chemical substances when those substances, mixtures or articles are listed as a “priority product” and contain “priority chemicals” under the DTSC regulations.  In addition, they stated that DTSC “has not provided information on possible costs or other impacts on companies, nor any feasibility studies or considerations on whether or how the proposed regulations actually work in practice, nor quantitative or semi-quantitative estimates of any expected benefits.”

In late December, Cal EPA Secretary Linda Adams put the Green Chemistry regulations on hold pending a review on February 3rd and 4th by the Green Ribbon Science Panel. Now, that panel meeting has been postponed.

Another cause of the holding pattern is that Adams will be leaving her post at Cal EPA at the end of this month and DTSC Acting Director Maziar Movassaghi has already left.

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