Legislature Holds Hearing on California’s Consumer Protection Program

Thursday, February 7, 2019

WHO:              Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward); Senator Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica); and, representatives from the venture capital, chemical, and product industries; environmental and public health organizations; and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

WHAT:            Joint Legislative Hearing:  California’s Green Chemistry Program: Are We Protecting People from Toxic Chemicals in Products?

WHERE:           California State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento

WHEN:            Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 1:30 pm

WHY:               In order to protect Californians from toxic chemicals in consumer products, the state legislature passed two laws in 2008, often known as the Green Chemistry program, requiring a comprehensive regulatory program to reduce consumer exposure to hazardous chemicals in the products they use at home and at work. It has been ten years since the laws were enacted. This hearing will discuss Green Chemistry efforts in California, and the status of DTSC’s efforts to implement the laws and protect consumers from toxic chemical exposure.

About Green Chemistry:  DTSC established the Safer Consumer Products regulations in response to the 2008 Green Chemistry laws. The goals of this program are to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products; advance safer alternatives in the consumer products industry; and, help consumers and businesses identify what is in the products they buy for their families and customers.