On March 13 California EPA and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced the first three products under the Safer Consumer Products/ Green Chemistry Program. The overall goal of the program, initiated by legislation in 2008, is to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products and create business opportunities in the emerging safer consumer products economy.
The three priority products with specific chemicals listed are: 1) paint/varnish strippers and cleaners with methylene chloride, 2) spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems with unreacted diisocyanates, and 3) children’s foam padded sleeping products with the flame retardant Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP).
Next, DTSC will host three public workshops on the listed products in May and June. After the workshops, DTSC will initiate rulemaking on the listed products. When final, manufacturers will be required to analyze alternatives to the chemicals in the products.
These chemicals are also being evaluated by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). U.S. EPA and California are collaborating on alternatives assessment, chemical data and advancement of safer products under the Green Chemistry MOU signed in 2012.