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February 13, 2018 - Environmental Law, Product Liability, Consumer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Agency Issues Its Draft 2018-2020 Three-Year Priority Product Work Plan

California Proposes Next Group of Priority Products Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

On February 8, 2018, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a Draft Three-Year Priority Product Work Plan (2018-2020) (new Work Plan) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program. The SCP Program is an innovative regulatory scheme to evaluate and require safer substitutes for hazardous chemicals in consumer products. The new Work Plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate during the next three years in order to identify the next set of Priority Products it will regulate under the SCP regulations.

Following on the heels of the prior 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan (Prior Work Plan), the new Work Plan identifies seven product categories from which DTSC will propose future Priority Products for regulation. The new Work Plan also describes DTSC’s considerations in selecting the product categories and provides selected examples of Candidate Chemicals found in products within these categories.