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New Document Sheds No Light on Process to Identify Priority Products

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2015) - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today released the final Priority Product Work Plan   under the state's Safer Consumer Products Regulations.  The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement in response to today's announcement:

"We are disappointed that this final plan is little changed from the September draft.  Despite two public workshops and more than 300 public comments with suggestions for improvement, six months later we are still in the dark on the scientific criteria used to select Priority Products from the list of 1,200 possible Candidate Chemicals.  

"DTSC has said the Work Plan and Candidate Chemicals are intended to 'send a signal to the marketplace' to look for alternatives.  But without a better understanding of the process by which products are selected from the thousands of potential chemical and product combinations, that is impossible.  The process should also be informed by accurate information to avoid market disruption as experienced last year when spray polyurethane foam insulation was named as an initial Priority Product.  Although DTSC later redlined and corrected the product profile, the market was negatively impacted.

"In December, ACC, along with more than 25 other organizations, sent a letter to California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to highlight our commitment to work with the Department to help meet the objectives of the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Regulations and chemical safety.  We offered recommendations that DTSC engage industry and other experts early in the process, improve transparency, and establish sound scientific methods to evaluate products.  We strongly encourage DTSC to incorporate our recommendations during the implementation phase of this cycle. The lack of sunshine reflected in the current document and program undermines the credibility of the Green Chemistry Initiative, and can only increase the public scrutiny of this agency."


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