California Exempts Trace Contaminants In Green Reg Draft
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Under the proposed reg, firms marketing products with “chemicals of concern” would need to explore alternative ingredients and possibly reformulate or remove the products from the market. But when a trace contaminant is unintentional, the marketer would not be subject to the requirements.
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California’s latest draft of the Safer Consumer Products regulations cuts the possible universe of “chemicals of concern” from 4,000 to 1,200. The state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control will select the first five chemical/product category combinations up for review 180 days after the regulation takes effect.
Firms that will need to conduct analyses to find alternatives to potentially hazardous ingredients in consumer products under California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulation will likely have a challenging, expensive journey. Attorneys from Alston + Bird LLC estimate the price tag could range from $500,000 to $6,000,000 to conduct an analysis.
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