FTC Issues Revised “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued revised its “Green Guides” to assist companies in avoiding misleading environmental claims.  The revised guidance clarify guidance on compostable, ozone, recyclable, recycled content, and source reduction claims.  In addition, they advise not to use broad, unqualified claims that as stating that a product is “environmentally friendly” and “eco-friendly”.   The … Read more

Comments on Draft Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The Calfironia Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held a hearing on September 10, 2012 for public comments to the Agency’s draft Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Many of the comments expressed concern that the regulations were overbroad, provided too little time to respond, gave DTSC too much discretion, and did not afford protection of trade secrets.

DTSC Public Hearing on Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held its public hearing at 10 am on September 10, 2012 on its draft regulations for safer consumer products. The hearing will be  available on DTSC’s website.

Workshop for California’s Proposed Safer Consumer Product Regulations

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTCS”) will hold a two day workshop entitled “Alternatives Analysis- Tools, Methodologies, and Frameworks” for its newly proposed Safer Consumer Products regulations.  The workshop will be held When: October 9-10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sierra Hearing Room; California Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters; 1001 I Street, … Read more

California Issues Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued its long awaited proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Under the proposed regulations, chemicals of concern will be identified on the basis of their toxicity, adverse impact to certain sensitive populations, potential exposures, reliable information, and availability of safer alternatives.  DTSC will evaluate products … Read more

Green Chemistry Awards Lead to Improved Consumer Products

Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University, and Dr. James L. Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for their work in developing organocatalysts for efficient metal-free synthesis of biodegradable polyesters and other polymers.  According to EPA, they also “developed organic catalysts to depolymerize poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) quantitatively, allowing recycling … Read more

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.

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

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 … Read more