Oregon to Develop Policy on Green Chemistry

The Governor of Oregon signed an executive order on May 4 that essentially requires state agencies to develop purchasing guidelines for products that  favor  less toxic, greener alternatives. The order also requires agencies to increase awareness and develop programs to nurture green chemistry industries in Oregon.

Cosmetic Companies Concerned About Proposed Prop 65 Listings

Cosmetic companies have expressed concern about several chemicals that may be listed as Prop 65 chemicals should they be listed under the Labor Code mechanism.  The chemicals include Benzophenone, Coconut Oil Diethanolamine Condensate (Cocamide Diethanolamine), Diethanolamine, 2‑Methylimidazole.  The companies argue that there is not sufficient evidence that the chemicals are human carcinogens.

DTSC to Issue Safer Consumer Products Regulations Soon

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) announced that it would issue its next draft of its Green Chemistry/Safer Consumer Products regulations by the end of April.  Separately, Debbie Raphael, DTSC Director, announced that the Legislature may still need to adopt bills on individual chemicals because the Department’s program will likely evolve over time and

Initial Results of Biomonitoring Californians

The California Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (“Program”) will host a meeting to discuss initial findings of its program to measure levels of environmental contaminants from.  To date, common chemicals in consumer products such as plasticizers, phthalates, perfluorochemicals, pesticides, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and banned flame retardants

DTSC Green Chemistry Regulations

Notwithstanding a legislative deadline of January 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) has yet to finalize its ”  It recently released 811 pages of informal comments to its informal draft regulations that were issued in October 2011.  The draft regulations propose a system to identify chemicals of concern and target consumer products

California Proposed Changes to its Rigid Plastic Container Regulations

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is proposing new rigid plastic container regulations.  The regulations expand the containers subject to the regulations by including rigid containers that are single use and eliminating the exemption for containers with metal handles.

California Green Chemistry – Broad Program or Bit by Bit?

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is supporting AB 1319,  a bill that would ban bisphenol-A (“BPA”) in certain children’s products after July 31, 2013.  BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.  It is reported to be an endocrine disrupter, and the National Institutes of Health has expressed concern for exposures to

California to Consider Additional Regulation of Composite Wood Products

The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) will host a public workshop on August 23, 2011 on potential amendments to its regulstons on Composite Wood Products to reduce potential exposure to formaldehyde.  The ARB adopted regulations that limit formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products in 2008.  The regulations established formaldehyde emissions standards for hardwood plywood veneer core, hardwood

CPSC Staff Finds 100 ppm Limit for Lead in Children’s Products Feasible

 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) set a limit of 100 ppm lead in children’s products as of  August 14, 2011 unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) determines that the limit if technically infeasible.  The CPSIA regulates lead limits in products intended for children 12 and younger, and CPSC has recently issued interpretive guidance