Moving Toward a Green Chemical Future

Released by: Environment California Research and Policy Center

Last year, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams launched the Green Chemistry Initiative to develop a comprehensive approach for dealing with hazardous chemicals.

Environment California Research & Policy Center views the following principles as central to chemicals policy reform and, specifically, to the success of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative:

1.  Decisions affecting human health and the environment should be based on the intrinsic hazards of a chemical and a new approach to toxicity testing.

2.  Chemical manufacturers should prove their products are safe.

3.  Hazardous chemicals and chemicals with inadequate safety data should be phased out. 

4. Industry should bear the costs associated with their chemical production or use. 

5. Safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals should be required. 

6.  The public has a right to know about chemicals in use and participate in decisions affecting the impact of these chemicals on their communities.

[1] California Policy Research Center, University of California, Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation, 2006.

[2] Environmental Defense Fund, Toxic Ignorance: The Continuing Absence of Basic Health Testing for Top-Selling Chemicals in the United States, 1997.

[3] Environmental Working Group, Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns, July 2005.