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UC Berkeley Releases New Green Chemistry Report


"Green Chemistry: Cornerstone for a Sustainable California" - Posted 01/17/08

 

 

Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA - According to a new report released by UC Berkeley and UCLA researchers entitled, Green Chemistry: Cornerstone for a Sustainable California, "Serious gaps in existing laws regulating the production and use of hazardous chemicals fail to protect public health and the environment."  The report claims inadequate oversight, chemical and pollution-related diseases among children and workers in California cost the state's insurers, businesses and families an estimated $2.6 billion in direct and indirect costs.  A set of policy reforms for the state are included in the report. 

 

The report calls on California to lead the nation in implementing a comprehensive approach to the management of chemicals and products. Policy recommendations include:

 

·          Passing new laws to remedy the insufficient data  available on the toxicity of chemicals so California businesses, regulators and consumers can make informed choices about the products they use;

 

·          Providing California agencies with a new legal framework to enable them to act when there are reasonable concerns about a product's safety, even when complete hazard or tracking data are unavailable;

 

·          Investing in the design of chemicals, materials and manufacturing processes that are inherently safer for humans.

 

 Read full press release     Read report

 

 

 

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Read Additional Press Releases and Print Media Coverage

 

 

 

UC Green Chemistry Cornerstone Report:
http://coeh.berkeley.edu/greenchemistry/briefing/

or http://www.coeh.ucla.edu/greenchemistry.htm


UC Berkeley Program in Green Chemistry and Chemicals Policy
http://coeh.berkeley.edu/greenchemistry/

UCLA Green Chemistry
http://www.coeh.ucla.edu/greenchemistry.htm


UCB/UCLA Press release:
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/01/17_greenchem.shtml

Cal/EPA Press release:
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/GreenChemistryInitiative/index.cfm


Oakland Tribune:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_7996175?source=most_emailed


Sacramento Bee:
http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/646505.html


Sacramento Bee 1/28/08
http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/666120.html


Chemical & Engineering news:
http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/86/i03/8603notw8.html

California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Green Chemistry Initiative

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/GreenChemistryInitiative/index.cfm


2006 COEH report to the California Legislature.
http://coeh.berkeley.edu/greenchemistry/

2006 COEH report, Executive Summary
http://coeh.berkeley.edu/greenchemistry/


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