Green Chemistry 3-year work plan released

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 18, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On September 12, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft “Priority Product Work Plan”. It identifies seven product categories from which “Priority Products” will be selected for regulation under their “Safer Consumer Products” (SCP) regulations over the next three years.

The product categories were selected based on potential exposures, significant adverse impacts or end-of-life effects, as well as the availability of information, other regulatory programs, and safer alternatives. The categories are:

    1.  Beauty, Personal Care and Hygiene Products;
    2.  Building Products: Paints, Adhesives, Sealants, and Flooring;
    3.  Household, Office Furniture and Furnishings;
    4.  Cleaning Products;
    5.  Clothing;
    6.  Fishing and Angling Equipment; and
    7.  Office Machinery (Consumable Products)

For each product category, the Work Plan provides product examples and identifies potential candidate chemicals.

DTSC anticipates choosing five to ten products per year from the categories in conjunction with chemicals found on the “Candidate Chemicals” list. DTSC will hold workshops, call for data, and conduct research.

Once selected as a “Priority Product”, manufacturers, importers and retailers will have obligations under the SCP regulations. These will include notifying DTSC of the manufacture or sale of the products and participating in the “Alternatives Analysis” process to consider safer alternatives.  DTSC may impose requirements on “Priority Products”, including restrictions on a product’s use and prohibiting a chemical of concern.

DTSC has scheduled two workshops: September 25th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in Sacramento and September 29th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Cypress.  Businesses with products among the seven categories should follow and participate if at all possible to best prepare for compliance.  Written public comments will be accepted until October 13th.

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