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Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes


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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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    • 1. Chemicals Policy in the Great Lakes
      Woodward Ballroom CFriday, October 1410:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 2. Chemical Policy in Minnesota
      2011 HOW Great Lakes Restoration Conference
      Darrell Gerber
    • 3. Outline of Presentation
      Intermediate policy work leading to comprehensive reform
      State legislation passed
      Consumer outreach
      Green Chemistry
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. 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
    • 8. 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.
    • 9. Toxic Free Kids Act
      Priority Chemicals
      Bisphenol A (BPA)
      Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE)
      Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
      Phthalates (3)
    • 10. Green Chemistry Bill
      Passed 2010
      Added Green Chemistry to definition of “Green Economy”
      Gives green chemistry companies access to current economic development programs
    • 11. 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.
    • 12. 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
    • 13. CECs in Drinking Water
      Public nomination
      At least 7 new chemicals each year
      Stakeholder workgroups focusing on developing process and public communication
    • 14. Contaminants of Emerging Concern
    • 15. Reporting Bill
      Introduced in 2011
      Priority chemicals in children’s products manufactured or distributed in Minnesota
      Report every 2 years
    • 16. 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
    • 17. 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.
    • 18. 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
    • 19. 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
      • 20. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
      • 21. 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
    • 22. Chemical Regulation and Policy Project
      Stakeholder process to recommend improvements to chemical regulation, management and policy
    • 23. 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
    • 24. Contact Info
      Darrell Gerber
      Program Coordinator
    • 25. Spread the word!
      Wireless password: HOW11
      Conference website:
      Email us photos, comments, tweets or video & we will post online:
      On Twitter? Use the hashtag:#healthylakes