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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.

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Posted on Oct 9, 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.

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Posted on Aug 30, 2012

12/16/10 SF Chronicle: Opposition to Calif. Green Chemistry Rules Grows

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Posted on Dec 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/3/10 LA Times: California Toxic Chemical Rules Were Watered Down, Environmentalists Charge

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Posted on Dec 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/3/10 California Watch: Green Chemistry Rules Draw Toxic Reaction

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Posted on Dec 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/27/10 La Weekly: Arnold Schwarzenegger Backs Down on Gutting of California's Green Chemistry Initiative

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Posted on Dec 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/25/10 LA Times: Environmentalists Depolore Schwarzenegger's Corporate Turn

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Posted on Dec 25, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/2/10 Press Release: Groups Call New Green Chemistry Proposal Schwarzenegger's Toxic Legacy

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Posted on Dec 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/16/10 Press Release: Ignoring Science, Governor Moves Forward with Flawed Green Chemistry Rules

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Posted on Dec 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

12/9/10 LA Weekly: Schwarzenegger's Chemical Romance

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Posted on Dec 9, 2010 | Comments (0)