Keep Strong on Safer Products
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.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.The draft regulations have been developed with widespread participation and input from the public, including CHANGE. They have been through formal public comment, and stakeholders have been told the regulations are almost final and the program will likely be officially launched in early 2013. However, it looks like negotiations have been reopened on a number of critical points, which could fundamentally weaken the program.
We need you to contact DTSC and Governor Brown to ask that important provisions are kept in these regulations: 1) A large Chemicals of Concern list, 2) DTSC must hold on to ability to set case-by-case alternative analysis thresholds based on scientific criteria, and 3) DTSC should have the right to act based on the potential of a chemical to cause harm.
CHANGE sent our urgent letters this week (PDF), and right now we need you to do the same. Use our online action tool to send your letter directly to Governor Brown and DTSC Director Raphael right now, urging them to keep strong on safer products!
If you'd like to send a customized letter from your organization, you can download talking points here (PDF).