DTSC Draft Green Chemistry Rules

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is expected to issue its revised draft green chmeistry regulations soon.  The agency recently issued its latest version to stakeholders and it is expected to release them publically in the near future.  These regulations will address specific chemicals in consumer products.

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 … Read more

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.