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Chemical Reporting USA:New Regulations on Chemicals ofConcern, Priority Chemicals &Safer AlternativesApril 2013 1 |
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) V State RegulationsIn the absence of federal efforts to expand the reach of theTSCA, several US states introduced legislation designedto identify and reduce the use of potentially harmfulchemicals in consumer products, particularly children’sproducts. |
Maine & Washington • Enacted laws and promulgated regulations requiring children’s product manufacturers to report on the use of designated, potentially harmful chemicals in children’s productsCalifornia • Is on the verge of implementing its sweeping “Safer Consumer Products” regulations on chemicals in all consumer products |
The Same • These state programs share a common purpose - to protect consumers from harmful chemicals - but… |
…Different Approaches • Maine law calls for the selection of a few priority chemicals and requires reporting only for product categories designated specifically for each chemical • Washington regulations require reporting for a larger list of chemicals of high concern – initially 66 – with reporting phased in depending on the product type and the size of the manufacturer • California regulations do not contain any initial requirements, but provide an expansive framework for controlling chemicals in all consumer products |
Other States • Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Vermont – will consider legislation to require reporting of potentially harmful chemicals in children’s products this year |
US EPA • Has created a chemical work plan list of substances that it will subject to risk assessments over the coming years • It contains most if not all of the chemicals of high concern identified thus far in state regulations or legislation • While EPA does not have the authority to ban hazardous chemicals outright, it can, in conjunction with the CPSC, FDA and OSHA, make products containing hazardous chemicals nearly unmarketable through warnings, recalls, and workplace restrictions |
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