California's Green Chemistry Initiative ("GCI") is a groundbreaking and aggressive set of new California regulations that will be released on or before January 1, 2011. GCI is poised to significantly impact consumer products sold or made available for sale in California, regardless of where they are manufactured or produced. These proposed regulations create a process by which certain chemicals in products will be evaluated for their potential to cause harm. Manufacturers will be required to conduct an analysis of whether there are more environmentally friendly alternatives to the potentially harmful chemical. Manufacturers may be required to re-formulate products or the products may be banned, among other possible agency responses. California's Department of Toxic Substances Control ("DTSC") recently concluded a public hearing and subsequently revised its draft GCI regulations to, among other changes, limit the application of these regulations to three categories of products until 2015: children's products, personal care products and household cleaning products. After 2015, however, all consumer products will be subject to the regulations. Given the size of California and its economy, and the fact that other states sometimes adopt California's environmental regulations in one form or another, GCI has the potential to significantly impact many different industries in California and elsewhere. Read the article, "Green Chemistry: California Regulators' Responses to Public Concerns" Posted with the permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2010).
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