Dawn Koepke

The issue du jour - perflourinated chemicals

By Dawn Koepke

Capitol Update, June 11, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend


As you may recall, Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) last year introduced AB 958 that would have required the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to include food packaging with perflourinated chemicals in its 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan as well as required DTSC to prioritize the combination, requiring it go through their alternatives analysis process. While the bill was held in Senate Appropriations last year, it was not held on the suspense file and therefore was still eligible to move forward.  

In a clear indication that perflourinated chemistries remain the issue du jour, last week Assemblyman Ting amended the bill to require all food packaging and cookware containing perflourinated substances carry a label informing the customer/user of potential health impacts. As amended the bill is highly concerning, failing to take into account risk, exposure, Proposition 65 warning requirements, DTSC Safer Consumer Products Program’s green chemistry and safer alternatives process, and much more. CMTA remains opposed to the bill in its newest form.

The bill will be re-referred to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and likely set for hearing on June 20th.

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