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California drafts new green chemistry regulation

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Jul '10
In order to calculate the toxicity of chemicals used in creating products for consumers, California, released a charter of rules, stating the new green chemistry regulation, which might help create a new statewide process for the same. The draft has been released after 16-months of deep dialogues with stakeholders.

California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) released the regulation, which is a part of their Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Green Chemistry Initiative, which was inked by him in the year 2008.

The charter of rules specifies that, DTSC would list down the chemicals that are found in products such as, garments and home furnishings, which are toxic and might cause harm to people or the environment.

These goods will then be on top priority in terms of its volume in commerce, the extent of public exposure of these chemicals and in what manner the goods can be disposed off. Manufacturers of such products will then be contacted to perform another test, so as to help them identify a safer option of producing products.

Apart from being stringent on producers, the new rules are also applied on the government, for them to act fast on such products. The key focus of this new draft is to create a balanced, scientific-based process to help assess the chemicals found in the products and to initiate innovation in California's goods development segment.

Over the years, consumers and scientists have found that, goods purchased by us, sometimes cause harmful effects on our body, health or the environment, per say. Such draft rules will help minimize the use of harmful chemicals in consumer products and thereby, help change the way in which people, government and the industry visualize about the products that reach us and ultimately our house.

A senior member of DTSC opines that, companies will work in accordance with the new draft rules and create a green market around them. DTSC is planning to commence formal Administrative Procedures Act (APA) rulemaking process, which might finish by 2010-end.

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