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Major Developments in Green Chemistry Negotiations!

Administration Proposes Framework for Comprehensive Chemicals Regulation Bill - Tentative Agreement Struck on Ingredient Identification Bill - Posted 08/15/08



Please note:  The situation is changing rapidly and this article is posted only to identify the status of the bills and CICC's position as of August 15th.




Sacramento - Late Thursday afternoon, 8/14/08 Assemblyman Feuer (D, LA) reportedly accepted amendments to AB 1879, a bill he authored to provided the Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) with the authority to scientifically evaluate and regulate chemicals up to and including the imposition of bans.  Mr. Feuer's bill ran into stiff opposition from the business community - including the Chemical Industry Council, not because of the grant of authority to DTSC, but rather because the bill contained a list of chemicals and priorities set by the Legislature.  Concern was that the Legislature would expand the list in later years by continuing its practice of chemical-by-chemical statutory mandates.  The Administration's proposal, while broad in its authority, sets up a scientific and regulatory process resulting in promulgated rules by January 1, 2011 to govern the manner by which California will evaluate chemicals and regulate them in the future.


Read Administration's AB 1879 substitute proposal . . . 



Simultaneously, an agreement appears to have been reached on an ingredient disclosure bill, SB 509 by Sen. Simitian (D, Palo Alto) chairman of the Senate EQ Committee.  This bill which has been heavily lobbied by the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) will together with AB 1879 complete the legislative framework for implementation of the Green Chemistry Initiative.  The Administration earlier proposed substitute language for SB 509 but backed off upon learning a compromise had been struck between the negotiating parties.   Final language for SB 509 is not yet available but will be posted as soon as possible. 


CICC's Executive Committee was briefed earlier today on the developments.  The Committee reaffirmed its desire that CICC continue its visible and proactive involvement as these bills proceed toward final adoption and signing.   Please continue to monitor CICC's website www.cicc.org   for most recent developments or contact the CICC office at 916-989-9692  


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