California is developing "Green Chemistry"
regulations that could affect all businesses-including non-California
companies-that make consumer products sold in the state as well as companies
that manufacture chemicals used in those consumer products. In September 2008,
Governor Schwarzenegger signed a pair of bills that are moving California to the
forefront of a global trend in chemical regulation. In a few weeks, the state
will roll out comprehensive regulations that could lead to the redesign of current
products, as well as the reduction, elimination, or other regulatory controls
of a variety of chemicals in consumer products. The formal rulemaking process
is rapidly approaching, and will move quickly.
California's Department of Toxic Substances Control
(DTSC) has unveiled a conceptual flow chart showing the agency's current thinking on how its
forthcoming regulations will work.
This interactive seminar will walk through DTSC's
complicated proposed framework, and will also give useful perspectives on how California's Green
Chemistry compares to other laws such as the 32-year old federal Toxic Substances
Control Act (TSCA). Panelists will also discuss why, although portrayed as an
environmental law aimed at chemicals, California's
Green Chemistry is really a consumer protection statute aimed at products. We
will also share ideas on how to engage in the regulatory process, which ends on
December 31, 2010.
Listen to the Podcast from Arnold & Porter LLP's seminar,
California's Green Chemistry: The Regulations are Coming!