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Keep Strong on Safer Products

We need your help 6a0105364cefdf970b017c318ff6a3970b-800wi 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.

Please send a letter to Governor Brown and DTSC Director Debbie Raphael right 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.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

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

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

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)

Phthalates Make Plastic Soft...and Dangerous

Phthalate blog In the eighth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Pam Palitz describes the danger of phthalates in our everyday products 

When I first started working in the environmental health field, I had a mantra: “BPA makes plastic hard, phthalates make plastic soft.” Baby bottles … hard. Rubber duckies … soft.  It’s so important for an environmental health advocate to keep her endocrine disruptors straight.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 | Comments (0)

California: The Leader in Lead Regulation

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In the sixth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ryan Berghoff and Christina Medina describe the history of lead regulation in California

Lead is one of the most infamous and ubiquitous toxic heavy metals--it was even honored with  the prestigious “Toxie” award for Lifetime Achievement in Harm. It has been linked to infertility in women, increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, as well as neurological and developmental problems in children.  Take a look at our post on California’s Prop 65 to see some of the unexpected places we’ve found lead. Who’d ever think that diaper rash cream, lunch boxes and electronic cords could have so much in common!

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 | Comments (1)

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)

AB 289: Chemical Testing Requirements

AB 289 In the fourth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ryan Berghoff describes California's AB 289 from 2006. 

Every year more than 55,000,000 pounds of all chemicals are released in the state of California. There are over 85,000 chemicals that are commercially available today, and many are known to cause cancer, damage the brain, or disrupt the nervous and reproductive systems. Analytical test methods only exist for approximately 30 percent of all chemicals, and thus there is a large body of chemicals that remains completely untested. In order to test these numerous chemicals, laboratories within the California Environmental Protection Agency must use millions of taxpayer dollars to develop detection methods for finding chemicals in the air, water, soil, and human body, placing a significant financial burden on Cal- EPA. That’s where AB 289 comes in.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 | Comments (1)

Cheat Sheet on Existing Chemicals Laws

Download the PDF of the TSCA ReportOn February 26, 2009 the US Congress held a hearing regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This is the 33-year old law in place that defines chemical policy in the United States. Not familiar with TSCA and why congress would be discussing the need for reform of this chemical policy? Here’s a cheat sheet.

Michael Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Maine has compiled a chart to help explain the differences between current chemicals policy outlined in TSCA, REACH the regulation system in place in Europe, and regulations in place in the SAFER states, including California.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 | Comments (0)