Green Chemistry Regulations:
Quick reminder: The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will convene the Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP) on Thursday, May 5 in the afternoon, and Friday, May 6th, all day, 2011, in Sacramento, California and via webcast. The public is invited to attend and provide comments on agenda items.
This is the first meeting of the GRSP to discuss the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) Regulations since the California EPA announced on December 23, 2010, that it would ignore a statutory deadline and delay their adoption. This is also the first full meeting of the GSRP since it decided on February 4, 2011, to reorganize itself into three subcommittees to improve its overall efficiency and the usefulness of its advice to DTSC. The subcommittees have each met twice since their formation.
A quick review of the agenda suggests this meeting could be quite lively. Several hot-button topics in the SCPA Regulations are slated for discussion. These include: the regulation of de minimis and unintentionally-added chemicals; and the identification and prioritization of chemicals and products.
Readers interested in the future of the SCPA Regulations should log in to the live webcast. Although DTSC has in the past made available an archived version for those who were unable to attend, there’s no mention of making one available for this hearing.