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Comments on Safer Consumer Products

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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.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012

Safer Products Now: La Opinión, SF Chronicle

Editorials-scpThese 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.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012

Don't Delay - It's Time for Safer Products!

CHANGE-2010-capitol-stepsIt's been four years.

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.

Sign the petition for safer products now!


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!

Posted on Oct 5, 2012

The Facts! What's going on with Safer Consumer Products Regs

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 Screen shot 2012-08-30 at 5.42.10 PM 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.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

Supporting a Strong Safer Consumer Product Regulation

BlueToday, the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control released its Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulation -- Download CHANGE Media Statement as a PDF.

California Health, Worker, Consumer, Physician and Environmental Groups Support Strong Safer Consumer Product Draft Regulation

SACRAMENTO – California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) unveiled a groundbreaking, proposed regulation today – the Safer Consumer Product regulation - aimed at protecting consumers from the health risks of toxic ingredients in everyday products while promoting innovation by California businesses. We say it’s about time.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012

Central Valley Toxics Forum February 22, 2012

Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ)…

Consumer Confusion

Invite you to participate in a Community Forum on Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Productson February 22, 2012

Posted on Feb 7, 2012

New Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

SCPR_products_on_shelvesWe need your voice to make sure Californians and our environment are protected in the state’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations, a key component of the Green Chemistry Initiative! A new informal draft was officially released on October 31 by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Please mark your calendar for a Dec. 5 public workshop hosted by DTSC - sign up for updates on CHANGE at this workshop! More details below.

We want to protect Californians by removing the most pervasive and hazardous chemicals from the market, promoting the use of safer/healthier alternatives, and protecting the health of workers, fenceline communities, and those facing the greatest hazards. We all deserve a chemical policy framework that accomplishes these goals.

We'll be adding more information and analysis as the public meetings unfold. Please sign up here to receive updates from CHANGE.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011

Lawmakers, Scientists, Advocates All Oppose Green Chemistry Rules


Despite widespread opposition from scientists, doctors, public interest advocates and lawmakers – including Assemblyman Mike Feuer, the author of the state’s Green Chemistry law – the flawed proposal for Green Chemistry regulations may be pushed through.

CHANGE and many other groups submitted their final comments on December 3 and received great media coverage of this pressing issue from LA Weekly, SF Chronicle, and more. Read CHANGE-led letters opposed to this gutted regulation:

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 | Comments (0)

Stop the Governor's Green Chemistry Betrayal!

green-chem-betrayal It's a mockery of the public participation process and betrays the real purpose of the Green Chemistry Initiative.

Take a stand with us today against the revised Green Chemistry safer product regulation that has been gutted in a last-minute attempt to sneak through industry-backed rules that overlook hazards to health and the environment. The revised regulation is a betrayal of the Green Chemistry promise and ignores two years of public input while caving to backroom industry lobbying.

Click here to learn more and to use our easy action tool to send a message to DTSC and let them know that you want to stop this Green Chemistry betrayal. The Governor will try and claim a "green" legacy, but this regulation will leave behind a toxic one.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

Upcoming Event: OEHHA Hazard Trait Regulations

A critical part of the Green Chemistry Initiative is identifying what kind of information is required to go into the Toxic Information Clearinghouse required by SB 509. The Green Chemistry Initiative laws require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to identify these hazard traits – things like whether a chemical is a carcinogen or a reproductive toxin; is it toxic to wildlife or is it dangerous because of how we are exposed to it?  These hazard traits will also be used to assess safer products in the Safer Product Regulations being developed by the Department of Toxics Substances Control. A draft of proposed regulations has been issued by OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment), which will look specifically at hazard traits, environmental and toxicological end-points, and other relevant data. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will then use information from the clearinghouse to help identify chemicals of concern in consumer products to make California a safer community.

OEHHA will be holding a workshop to get public comment concerning these regulations on Monday August 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Klamath Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento, second floor.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 | Comments (0)