State Government Policies
CALIFORNIA'S SAFER CONSUMER PRODUCTS PROGRAM
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
California's 2008 Green Chemistry Law requires DTSC to adopt regulations to establish a process to identify and prioritize chemicals in consumer products and to establish a process for evaluating chemicals of concern in consumer products and their potential alternatives. One goal of "alternatives assessment" is to avoid "regrettable substitutions"--the introduction of a toxic alternative for an existing toxic chemical that is being removed from the market place.
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MINNESOTA'S TOXIC FREE KIDS ACT
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota's 2009 Toxic Free Kids Act calls upon the state Department of Health to create two lists of chemicals, one called "Chemicals of High Concern" and the second called 'Priority Chemicals". State agencies have produced these lists and related follow-up reports.
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MAINE SAFER CHEMICALS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS PROGRAM
Maine Department of Environmental Quality
Pursuant to Maine's 2008 Kid Safe Products Act, Maine is encouraging use of safer alternatives and increased awareness of potential childhood chemical exposures from common household products. Maine lists approximately 1400 compounds as chemicals of concern. From this list, chemicals of high concern are selected and may be designated as priority chemicals that can be regulated. In March 2014, Maine regulations take effect that ban sales of infant formula and baby food in packages containing Bisphenol A.
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WASHINGTON CHILDREN'S SAFE PRODUCTS ACT
State of Washington Department of Ecology
Pursuant to this state law enacted in 2008, the Department of Ecology has developed a list of chemicals of high concern, and manufacturers must report if they are present in their products. Chemicals on the list are toxic and have either been found in children's products or have been documented to be present in human tissue. Manufacturer reports are available via a searchable on-line database.
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CALIFORNIA GREEN CHEMISTRY INITIATIVE FINAL REPORT AND PROGRAM
California Department of Toxic Substances Control/California Environmental Protection Agency
This report contains six key recommendations for promoting green chemistry, product ingredient disclosure, workforce education and training, technology transfer and the like. The California legislature has thus far enacted two recommendations into law. The Department of Toxic Substances Control is working to implement the new legislative requirements.
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To get an overview of California's
green chemistry program, click here
GREEN CHEMISTRY IN CALIFORNIA: A FRAMEWORK FOR LEADERSHIP IN CHEMICALS POLICY AND INNOVATION
University of California, Berkeley
This four page summary of a 130-page report commissioned by the California legislature addresses federal regulatory failure and discusses the economic benefits to California of developing a green chemistry initiative and associated regulatory framework.
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