California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) issued its proposed Green Chemistry regulations which would require businesses to make changes to the way their products are designed, formulated, used, and disposed.  This proposed Green Chemistry program to remove toxic chemicals from consumer products will apply to thousands of chemicals.

Manufacturers must seek alternative ingredients in widely used products. Manufacturers who are using chemicals, that are included on the list of chemicals of concern, must identify and examine the viability of safer alternative ingredients. If an alternative is not feasible, DTSC will identify steps the manufacturer must take to ensure the product is safely used, disposed of, or phased out.

If the manufacturer does not comply, the importer, if any, then has the duty to comply. A retailer is required to comply with the regulations only if the manufacturer and importers (if any) fail to comply, and only after this information is posted on the Failure to Comply List on DTSC’s website.

A retailer who becomes responsible for complying with the requirements, due to

non-compliance by the manufacturer/importer, may opt out by ceasing to order the

product and providing a notification to DTSC.

DTSC will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulations on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Byron Sher Room, Cal/EPA Building, 2nd Floor, 1001 “I” Street, in Sacramento.  For written comments to be considered they must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 11, 2012.

Click here to learn more about California’s Green Chemistry Initiative.