Gino DiCaro

Gov. Urged to Veto False Recognition of Green Business

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Sept. 3, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 1703 (Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) creates a commendable program to recognize California's green businesses; however, it excludes from eligibility "any business that manufacturers toxic or hazardous materials" regardless of full compliance or even exceedance of State and Federal environmental guidelines, permits and regulations.

Many of these businesses manufacture products which are critical to our way of life and the economy of California. Companies engaged in forest products, chemicals, electronics, communications, heavy machinery, energy, consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceutical, auto, food products, minerals and mining would or could be ineligible. Many such manufacturers have been pioneers in waste reduction and sustainable development.

By explicitly excluding manufacturers because of what they make rather than how they make it, it sends another message to the Nation: California doesn't understand manufacturing, doesn't value manufacturing, and isn't interested in retaining existing manufacturing or attracting new manufacturing jobs to the State.
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