Busy year ahead as DTSC releases “Green Chemistry” draft and independent review panel report

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, Jan. 6, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program recently released its “Draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide” for public review and comment. The AA Guide is intended to help manufacturers identify safer alternatives for chemicals in consumer products and comply with DTSC’s SCP (“green chemistry”) regulations. It attempts to provide guidelines on each component of the AA requirements and help responsible entities navigate the DTSC SCP Alternatives Analysis process with suggested approaches, methods, resources, tools and examples of how to fulfill DTSC SCP's regulatory requirements.

DTSC will accept public comments through February 3rd and a webinar has been scheduled for January 10th. Upon receiving stakeholder comments and possible revisions, the final version of the AA Guide will be presented to DTSC’s Green Ribbon Science Panel for a final evaluation and release in early 2017. For more information, please click here.

The Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) Independent Review Panel (IRP) recently released and provided its annual report with recommendations for improving DTSC’s programs to the Governor and Legislature. The report identifies four key themes to build organizational strength and effectiveness, including continuity in executive leadership; a focus on human resources; stable fiscal resources; and increased transparency/accountability. Further, the report includes specific recommendations to the Governor and Legislature about DTSC in the areas of permitting, enforcement, public outreach, fiscal management, and site mitigation. For more information, please click here.

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