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Safer Product Regulations Fall Short

Posted on Jul 14, 2010
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Change-letter-to-gov California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has been touted as a bold and innovative move toward more effective and efficient regulation of industrial chemicals in consumer products. But the Initiative’s draft regulations would perpetuate the most serious flaws of the current system: too weak, too slow and stacked against the public in favor of industry. 

In two letters, over 50 environmental, public health, consumer, social justice, and labor advocates from every region of California have written to Gov. Schwarzenegger and to Cal-EPA Secretary Linda Adams, saying the draft regulations issued last month “fall far short of meeting the worthy goals of the Initiative.” 

“Without public participation at every stage of the process, the Green Chemistry Initiative will become a closed conversation between industry and the Department..,” says the letter to Adams, signed by 47 organizations including the League of Women Voters of California, California League of Conservation Voters, United Steelworkers Local 675 and the Consumer Federation of California. 

Read the letter to Cal EPA Secretary Linda Adams (pdf)

In the letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger, Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), a statewide coalition that has been monitoring the development of the regulations, says the lack of transparency and public oversight “unfairly stack the deck in favor of industry, which will have far greater opportunity to influence, delay or appeal the Department’s decision.” 

Read CHANGE's letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (pdf)