CHANGE (Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy)A growing coalition of environmental health, policy, labor, environmental justice, interfaith, and other organizations who are working to create a better system for regulating toxic chemicals in California.
Community voices, especially low-income and communities of color, are vital to the process of determining how chemicals should be regulated in California.
Workers, low income and communities of color are disproportionately-impacted by the health effects of chemicals in the environment and in products. We recognize that these efforts will only be worthwhile if community voices are at the table helping craft solutions to the problem. We are in the process of bringing more communities of color to participate in the process and invite you to join us.
We need your help today to make sure California's landmark program for safer products is kept strong. It looks like negotiations have been reopened on a number of critical points, which could fundamentally weaken the program.
In 2008, California passed a law mandating a new approach to regulating toxic chemicals in consumer products, which is now known as the Safer Consumer Products Program.Read more...
Today, CHANGE is pleased to submit our full comments on DTSC’s draft regulations to implement a Safer Consumer Products program under the authority of AB 1879. After diligently participating in this process over the last four years, we're calling for California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Governor Brown to move this program forward. When these draft regulations were released in July 2012, CHANGE responded with hopeful support for a solution-oriented program (see July 27 media statement). Recent editorials by the San Francisco Chronicle and La Opinión reinforce some of the key reasons the public deserves this program as as step closer to safer products, healthier people and environment, and a robust economy.Read more...
These recent editorials highlight the need for a Safer Consumer Products program to move forward now! Read from La Opinión, "Una regulación importante" (translated below into English by CHANGE, "An Important Regulation") and "Don't let industry weaken regulations" from the San Francisco Chronicle.
An Important Regulation
It’s time the law that protects consumers is put to use.
La Opinión | October 9, 2012
Four years ago, California legislature passed a law protecting consumers by helping them avoid the use of common objects that are dangerous for their health. And it is time for the law to be implemented.Read more...
No, we're not talking about how long our current President has been in office. Or how long a Leap Year baby has to wait for an official birthday...we're talking about how long it's been since California passed the law for safer, toxic-free products in our state. It's time to get this program up and running and we need your help.
In 2008, California passed a law mandating a new approach to regulating toxic chemicals in consumer products, which is now known as the Safer Consumer Products Program. This law required the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to identify and prioritize a list of chemicals in consumer products, explore their alternatives, and regulate them in order to reduce or eliminate the public’s exposure. For the last four years, both the Schwarzenegger and Brown administration have been working with stakeholders to develop regulations that would implement this program. After several false starts, the administration finally released draft regulations. Right now we have a unique opportunity in California to finally get safer, toxic-free products!Read more...
Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy are engaged around Safer Consumer Products regulations. Haven't heard of it? Want some more information? Check out our fact sheet below or Download CHANGE SCPR Fact Sheet_092812:
United for a toxic free future!
Many products in our homes and workplaces -- from furniture to cleaning products, electronics to cosmetics -- contain chemicals that do not have to be tested for health and safety before they are made. Worse still, we know that some products contain chemicals that can harm people’s health and the environment.
Most of us expect more from the products we use every day. We expect companies to ensure that the products we buy won’t harm us, our children and our communities.
That’s why California passed laws in 2008 requiring the State’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a program that makes those products safer and healthier. The Safer Consumer Products program is part of the Green Chemistry Initiative to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the state. It is run by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
The laws say the DTSC must identify and prioritize “chemicals of concern”. Companies making specific products with these chemicals must look for healthier and safer alternatives. After examining the alternatives DTSC must decide how to eliminate or reduce the use of specific toxic chemicals and their products in California.Read more...