Bay Area Haz Waste Committee

Green Chemistry: What is the latest?

The Priority Products list is out!

On March 13, DTSC announced the initial Priority Products list, first step before creating regulations for these three products:

  • Children's foam padded sleeping products containing the flame retardant Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP or chlorinated tris).
  • Spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates (used in home insulation).
  • Paint and varnish strippers containing methylene chloride.

Public workshops will be held in the next months, prior to initiating the rulemaking process. More information is available on the Safer Consumer Products webpage.


DTSC has launched its Safer Consumer Products Regulatory program.

The regulations took effect October 1, with a launch of a new website completed with a searchable database of the priority chemicals. A newly appointed Green Ribbon Science Panel will be meeting on a regular basis to discuss the Safer Consumer Products Program.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will be providing input and ensuring water quality is adequately handled in the Alternatives Assessment process and the priority products workplan.

What are the relationships between the Green Chemistry Laws and the Safer Consumer Product Regulations?

  • In 2008, Assembly Bill 1879 (Chapter 559, Feuer) and Senate Bill 509 (Chapter 560, Simitian), were signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger to implement two key recommendations of the California Green Chemistry Initiative Final Report: acceleration of the quest for safer products, and creation of an online toxics clearinghouse. These two legislative bills comprise the Green Chemistry Law. Assembly Bill 1879 mandated the Safer Consumer Products Regulations and authorized the implementation of the Safer Consumer Products Program. Senate Bill 509 mandated the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to specify hazard traits, environmental and toxicological endpoints and other relevant data to be included in the Toxics Information Clearinghouse.
  • The regulations and the authorizing statutes (Health and Safety Code sections 25252 and 25253), are intended to implement recommendation #5 of the California Green Chemistry Initiative Final Report—Accelerate the Quest for Safer Products, and, thus, create a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern, and identify safer alternatives to ensure product safety.