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WASHINGTON (September 26, 2013) - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today released their 'Candidate Chemical list', as well as their more focused list of chemicals for review, under the state's Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the following statement in response to today's announcement:

"Economic analysis has shown that compliance with the pending Safer Consumer Product regulations will be challenging for California manufacturers, especially small and medium sized firms. Nonetheless, today's announcement is an important first step in providing businesses and manufacturers across the country the information and tools they need to comply with these complex new regulations. 

"It's important to remember that inclusion of a chemical on these lists does not necessarily mean there is any risk of harm posed by their use in consumer products. The lists announced today are simply intended to inform consumers and manufacturers about the chemicals in products that may receive further analysis.

"As the Department begins implementation of the regulations, we urge them to incorporate science-based information from other sources, including the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to minimize costs and maximize benefits to the state's economy.

"We are hopeful the outcome of the program will ensure that consumers continue to have access to effective products that remain safe when used as directed."


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