California DTSC Begins Process of Selecting New Priority Products

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California DTSC Begins Process of Selecting New Priority Products

On September 30th, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced they will hold a webinar focusing on the selection of new Priority Products under the 3-year Work Plan for the Safer Consumer Products program. The webinar is scheduled for November 15, 2016, from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM PST, and is open to the public. According to DTSC, the webinar will review the Department’s progress to date on identifying future Priority Products and will “outline opportunities for input.” Most significantly, DTSC identified three product categories that will be covered in the webinar:

  • Nonylphenol ethoxylates and triclosan in cleaning, personal care, and clothing products, as well as other “significant or emerging uses” of these substances as related to potential aquatic impacts
  • Cosmetic nail-care products
  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances used in the manufacture and care of carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture

This represents DTSC’s first action under the 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan. Note that the three product categories listed above are not being designated as Priority Products, just as areas for further study. That being said, these are certainly not surprising choices; DTSC has mentioned them as products of interest in multiple presentations.

DTSC is currently working on finalizing the rulemaking on the first of the initial three Priority Products (children’s sleeping mats containing the flame retardants TDCCP and TCEP*). The comments the Department received on the draft rulemaking were fairly limited. Draft rulemakings on the other two Priority Products as well as the complete Alternatives Assessment Guide are also expected to be released this fall.

Registration for this public webinar is not yet open but will be posted at the following website website.

*Notes: TDCCP = tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate, TCEP = tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine



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