Gino DiCaro

New green chemistry bill pending

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 26, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week, industry representatives were notified that Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D–Los Angeles) intended to gut and amend his AB 913 into a Green Chemistry clean-up bill. While he was initially going to add five provisions including language on confidential business information and a pilot project likely to fast track his chemicals of concern, that plan has since been scaled back to focus strictly on the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA’s) obligations in preparing their Green Chemistry Regulations.

Ironically, DTSC Director Debbie Raphael has pledged an open and transparent process for developing the green chemistry regulations – including her admonishment of the short 15-day comment period which characterized the rule development process by the previous Administration.  However, with 15 calendar days remaining in this session, DTSC is supporting legislation that has had little to no public scrutiny or input from the regulated community.  DTSC has even refused to make public the legal guidance on this issue that was prepared by the Attorney General’s office.  Industry is solidly opposed to last-hour changes that preclude us from getting a handle on the ramifications.

As we go to press, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the Chair of Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, has called a stakeholder meeting to discuss why DTSC believes that they need this modification.  Industry fears that a greater burden will fall on them and that there could be challenges after companies have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars conducting an alternatives assessment.

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