Toxics in Consumer Products: California’s Green Chemistry Regulations at a Crossroad

UCLA Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, Pritzker Policy Brief No. 3, January 2012

UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 12-15

23 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2012

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Timothy F. Malloy

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Approximately 27 trillion pounds of chemicals are produced or imported into the United States every year, more than one trillion of them in California alone. In the face of relative inaction at the federal level, state governments have moved to address hazardous chemical use. Our third Pritzker Brief evaluates California's green chemistry legislation (AB 1879).

California’s green chemistry program would shift the focus in chemical regulation to alternatives analysis. This means the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) would be tasked with identifying and prioritizing products containing chemicals of concern. Then product and chemical manufacturers would be required to determine the relative safety and viability of potential substitutes for those priority chemicals of concern. DTSC reviews these alternatives analyses and develops regulatory responses to limit use of the priority chemical accordingly.

Unlike TSCA, California’s program would shift much of the analysis burden to producers and manufacturers, encouraging them to design safer products and taking advantage of their existing chemical expertise.

Keywords: green chemistry, California, chemical regulation, toxics, hazardous chemical

Suggested Citation

Malloy, Timothy F., Toxics in Consumer Products: California’s Green Chemistry Regulations at a Crossroad (2012). UCLA Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, Pritzker Policy Brief No. 3, January 2012; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 12-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2089627

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