California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released its initial draft priority products list under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations, which implement the state’s green chemistry initiative. The product-chemical combi- nations proposed are (i) paint and varnish strippers, and surface cleaners with methylene chloride; (ii) spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted diisocya- nates; and (iii) children’s foam-padded sleeping products with the fire retardant tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate, also known as TDCPP.
According to DTSC Director Debbie Raphael, “We are not announcing a ban. We are starting a conversation with manufacturers to answer that critical question—are the chemicals necessary.”The agency contends that “ample evidence” shows that these chemicals can be harmful. Under the safer consumer products program, individual rulemakings to officially list each priority product and chemical of concern must be undertaken and could require up to 18 months to complete. Workshops on this initial draft list will reportedly be held in May and June 2014 in Sacramento, Oakland and Southern California. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter™, March 13, 2014.