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Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes

Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes



This workshop will explore state-level Green Chemistry initiatives and chemicals policy reform efforts, which aim to protect public health and the ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin. Participants ...

This workshop will explore state-level Green Chemistry initiatives and chemicals policy reform efforts, which aim to protect public health and the ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin. Participants will learn how chemicals policy is an integral aspect of Great Lakes restoration, and how green chemistry fits into this discussion.



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  • Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes
    Woodward Ballroom CFriday, October 1410:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Chemical Policy in Minnesota
    2011 HOW Great Lakes Restoration Conference
    Darrell Gerber
  • Outline of Presentation
    Intermediate policy work leading to comprehensive reform
    State legislation passed
    Consumer outreach
    Green Chemistry
  • Safer Products, Made Safely
    34 Members and growing
    Steering Committee
    Clean Water Action (co-chair)
    Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (co-chair)
    Learning Disability Association of Minnesota
    Minnesota Public Interest Research Group
    Preventing Harm Minnesota
    Women’s Environmental Institute
  • Health Legacy
    Promotes healthy lives by supporting the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals. Advance safe alternatives in Minnesota through
    consumer education
    business leadership, and
    protective policies
  • Consumer Education
    Since 2007, the coalition has
    Educated thousands of Minnesotans through presentations
    Mobilized tens of thousands of Minnesotans to call, write, or email their state lawmakers
    Held film events, forums and other events
    Photo by anhquan
  • State Legislation
    BPA Ban (2009)
    Bansthe use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups
    • Toxic Free Kids Act (2009)
    First step in creating a system for identifying and replacing toxins in children’s products
  • Toxic Free Kids Act
    1756 Chemicals of High Concern
    Persistent and Bioaccumulative, or
    Toxic, or
    Very Persistent, or
    Very Bioaccumulative
    Priority Chemicals
    On Chemicals of High Concern list, and
    High production levels (1M lbs/yr in US), and
    Found in human biomonitoring,
    Found in wildlife, fish or natural environment, or
    Found in indoor air, drinking water or home environment.
  • Toxic Free Kids Act
    Priority Chemicals
    Bisphenol A (BPA)
    Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE)
    Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
    Phthalates (3)
  • Green Chemistry Bill
    Passed 2010
    Added Green Chemistry to definition of “Green Economy”
    Gives green chemistry companies access to current economic development programs
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Drinking Water
    Substances released to, found in, or have the potential to enter source water and:
    No human health-based guidance;
    Pose real or perceived health threat; or
    Have new or changing health or exposure information.
  • CECs in Drinking Water
    What it is
    Health and exposure potential
    Proactively identify/evaluate threats
    What it is not
    Other routes of exposure
    Environmental or wildlife impacts
  • CECs in Drinking Water
    Public nomination
    At least 7 new chemicals each year
    Stakeholder workgroups focusing on developing process and public communication
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Reporting Bill
    Introduced in 2011
    Priority chemicals in children’s products manufactured or distributed in Minnesota
    Report every 2 years
  • Comprehensive Policy Framework
    Comprehensive policy to protect children from chemicals in products
    Move from disclosure to protection
    Safer alternatives + phase-out of the worst chemicals
  • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum
    Business and NGO group
    Committed to fostering a common understanding among businesses, government, NGOs and academia to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally.
  • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum
    Steering Committee
    Aveda Corporation
    Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
    University of Minnesota, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
    BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
    Pauly, DeVries, Smith, Deffner LLC
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    St. Olaf College
  • MN Green Chemistry 2012
    January 26, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    U of M Humphrey Institute, Minneapolis MN
    Paul Anastas, PhD, U.S.EPA
    Pat Gruber, PhD, CEO Gevo
    Sponsored by:
    • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum
    • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
    • University of Minnesota: Center for Sustainable Polymers and Humphrey Institute Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy
  • MPCA Green Chemistry Work
    EPA green chemistry grant to gather input
    Business surveys, focus groups, stakeholder outreach
    RFP for GC demonstration projects - $76,500
  • Chemical Regulation and Policy Project
    Stakeholder process to recommend improvements to chemical regulation, management and policy
  • Chemical Regulation and Policy Project
    Policy and Risk Management
    Science and Risk Assessment
    Green Chemistry
    Green Chemistry gets everyone to the table
    Little agreement elsewhere
  • Contact Info
    Darrell Gerber
    Program Coordinator
  • Spread the word!
    Wireless password: HOW11
    Conference website: Conference.healthylakes.org
    Email us photos, comments, tweets or video & we will post online: healthylakes@gmail.com
    On Twitter? Use the hashtag:#healthylakes