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California Uses Internet ‘Wiki’ to Develop California’s Green Chemistry Regulations

At the end of January, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) launched a “wiki” to gather comment for development of ‘Green Chemistry’ regulations. Wikis, such as Wikipedia.org, allow anyone to contribute or modify content using simple on-line tools. Regulations flesh a bill’s intent and set metrics for compliance, in this case for the Green Chemistry bills signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2008.

These new laws require DTSC to develop a comprehensive approach for assessing potential hazards from chemicals in consumer products and for finding safer alternatives for harmful chemicals used in those products and in the manufacturing processes of goods sold in California.

In typical news-release speak DTSC Director Maureen Gorsen said:

“This wiki brings transparency to our rule-making process blah, blah, blah [and will] help us blah, blah, blah to [begin] designing less toxic products from the start.”

The California Green Chemistry Initiative wants to:

• Expand pollution prevention programs
• Develop green chemistry workforce education and training
• Create an online product ingredient network
• Create an online toxic clearinghouse
• Accelerate the quest for safer products
• Move toward a “cradle-to-cradle” economy

DTSC’s green chemistry wiki can be viewed at: http://cagreenchem.wikidot.com/start.
More information on California’s Green Chemistry Initiative can be found at: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/GreenChemistry.

Here’s a (80 minute) panel discussion held at UC Berkeley:


 

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