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WEBCAST: California's Green Chemistry: The Regulations are Coming!

April 28, 2010
Arnold & Porter LLP 275 Battery St, 27th FL
San Francisco, CA
94111-3305
California is developing "Green Chemistry" regulations that could affect all businesses-including non-California companies-that make consumer products sold in the state as well as companies that manufacture chemicals used in those consumer products. In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a pair of bills that are moving California to the forefront of a global trend in chemical regulation. In a few weeks, the state will roll out comprehensive regulations that could lead to the redesign of current products, as well as the reduction, elimination, or other regulatory controls of a variety of chemicals in consumer products. The formal rulemaking process is rapidly approaching, and will move quickly.

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has unveiled a conceptual flow chart showing the agency's current thinking on how its forthcoming regulations will work. http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/GreenChemistryInitiative/upload/gc_flowchart-final.pdf.

This interactive seminar will walk through DTSC's complicated proposed framework, and will also give useful perspectives on how California's Green Chemistry compares to other laws such as the 32-year old federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Panelists will also discuss why, although portrayed as an environmental law aimed at chemicals, California's Green Chemistry is really a consumer protection statute aimed at products. We will also share ideas on how to engage in the regulatory process, which ends on December 31, 2010.

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