Oct 10, 2012

Major Groups and Companies Oppose New California Regulations

Companies cite vague and broad language in new chemical regulations proposed in California

Major groups and companies are opposing new chemical regulations being proposed in California citing their vague and broad language. Nearly every industry doing business in the state is expressing concern, according to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). As part of this effort, WQA has joined the Green Chemistry Alliance, a group dedicated to ensuring the regulations are effective and sensible.

Under the rules, green alternatives would replace hazardous chemicals in nearly every walk of life, from product packaging, to furniture, to household cleaners, to clothes.

According to the alliance, the regulations do not include a clear or science-based process by which the Department of Toxic Substance Control will ultimately select which chemicals and products it regulates.

As written, the regulation also would give the department full discretion to impose whatever remedies it chooses for violations. This would include imposing product restrictions, outright bans or any approach the department decides on.

The alliance has proposed specific fixes to ensure public safety without endangering the economy.

Among the many other members of the Green Chemistry Alliance are Amway, Boeing, the California Chamber of Commerce, Chevron, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Ecolab, ExxonMobil, Goodrich, Honeywell, Johnson and Johnson, Northrop Grumman and Proctor and Gamble.