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The purpose of the Chemical Industry Council of California is to provide an effective means for individual companies engaged in the commerce of chemicals to combine their talents and resources to deal effectively with public policy issues affecting the chemical industry in California.


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OEHHA Announces Revised EJ Screening Tool

CalEnviroScreen Version 2.0

(Posted 04/24/14)


The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced that they intend to release for public comment a draft CalEnviroScreen Version 2.0 report on April 21, 2014. According to OEHHA, "CalEnviroScreen is a screening methodology to identify California [Environmental Justice (EJ)] communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution."


OEHHA intends to conduct a on-line webinar on Wednesday April 30th during which staff will describe the tool and major updates in Version 2.0.  Additionally, OEHHA plans to conduct three workshops in early May to receive comments.  A report describing the methodology, major updates, and the draft results along with an online mapping application will be available.


CICC has continually reported on this screening tool and has urged all members to read the OEHHA materials and understand how their operations might be impacted.  All CICC members with physical presence in California are urged to participate in the on-line webinar and at least one of workshops.  To view earlier documents posted on this website regarding CalEnviroScreen click here.


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DTSC to Conduct Pre-Regulatory Workshops

for Proposed Priority Products

(Posted 04/23/14)


The Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products Program will conduct three Priority Products workshops - two in May and one in early June. These workshops are opportunities for stakeholders to discuss the scope and content of the initial Priority Products with DTSC prior to the start of the official rulemaking process.  For more information regarding workshop dates and registration,  please refer to www.dtsc.ca.gov/scp/workshops.cfm.

In preparation for the Priority Product rulemaking process, DTSC has released draft regulatory concepts and corresponding questions. You are encouraged to review these items which will be discussed at the workshops.  DTSC has also indicated that they welcome written comments, and ask that they be sent no later than June 30, 2014 to SaferConsumerProducts@dtsc.ca.gov.  This will ensure that staff has adequate time to consider the comments prior to releasing the proposed rulemaking package. According to DTSC, submittals that include supporting documentation and references will be especially helpful.


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DTSC Challenges Manufacturers to Make Consumer Products Safer

(Posted 03/13/14)


SACRAMENTO -Today, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) challenged manufacturers of consumer products to make their products safer and change the way consumers are protected from potential toxic harm.  As a key step in its Safer Consumer Products regulations, DTSC is announced three draft "priority products" - consumer goods sold in California that each contain at least one chemical one the toxic chemicals lists announced last October.  DTSC is asking manufacturers to figure out if there's a safer alternative.


The three products are:

         Children's foam padded sleeping products containing TDCPP (chlorinated TRIS), a flame retardant and probable carcinogen that can also cause chronic health effects.


         Spray Polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted di-isocyanates.  SPF systems are used for home and building insulation, weatherization, sealing and roofing. Di-isocyanates can irritate the respiratory tract, cause asthma and cancer and are known skin irritants.


         Paint stripper containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.


DTSC is not banning these products. It is starting a process, requiring manufacturers who want to sell these products in California to search for safer alternatives.  The final list of Priority Products won't be official until a rule-making process is complete, which could take up to a year.


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Last Updated: 4/24/14; 10:14 a.m. PDT by J.R. Ulrich & Associates

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