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03/14/06 - Recommendations for Chemical Management in California


After two years of work the chemicals policy report entitled Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation, was presented to the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this morning.  The principal researcher and author of the report is Dr. Michael Wilson, PhD, MPH; Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health.  Attendees at CICC's 2005 Fall Issues Conference in Lafayette will recall meeting and listening to Dr. Wilson's presentation. 


Dr. Wilson's report describes what he and fellow researchers alleged to be fundamental deficiencies with the design and implementation of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that have produced a chemical Data Gap, Safety Gap, and Technology Gap in the U.S.  The report goes on to describe what it says are a myriad of problems for public and environmental health, business, industry, and government in California arising from these alleged gaps.  His report concludes that given its unparalleled capacity for innovation, a properly conceived chemicals policy could position California to become a global leader in green chemistry innovation.  [Click Here] to download a copy of the Executive Summary 


In response, CICC released the following statement, "CICC welcomes a discussion regarding innovation in green chemistry that is rooted in science and risk assessment.  At the thirty thousand foot level we agree on many things; but the devil is in the detail ..And implementation will be more difficult."  To read CICC's entire press release [Click Here].  In a related event CICC announces that it will, in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council and major California trade associations, serve as the major sponsor of an Industry Forum for CA Chemical Management Policy on May 10, 2006 in Los Angeles.


[Click Here] to read the complete Issues & Items article.


Click Here to Read Executive Summary

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