California plans Regulations on Toxic Chemicals
In an effort to deal with toxic chemicals that are used in both domestically manufactured as well as imported products, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently issued a report outlining 'chemicals of concern' and proposing mandates and restrictions on certain chemicals and compounds. The DTSC is seeking feedback from industries that will be affected by these mandates. To collect the input, DTSC has opened a petition process so that public and private concerns can be considered when determining which chemicals to prioritize in order to best address public health concerns.
DTSC is anticipating imposing regulatory responses on manufacturers who use chemicals that are targeted as a threat to a sensitive subpopulation -- such as the controversial cadmium that has been detected in children's products -- or that might result in toxic formulations that could affect the general public. The regulations will require companies to disclose information concerning the chemical compounds in their products. Some chemicals may even be banned completely.
Once DTSC collects all comments from companies as well as consumers, DTSC will create a draft of their proposals for consideration and begin the formal process of imposing regulations on the targeted chemicals.