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Jun,18,20121:25PM
KQEDSacramentoBureau
,\I
.:~
-
No,5434
p,
1
LindaS,Adams
Secretary
fot
Environmental
Protection
MaureenF.Gorsen,Direotor
1001"I"
StreetP.O,Box806Sacramento,California95810806
Departmentof
ToxicSubstancesControl
ArnoldSchwarzenagger
Govemor
TheHonorableMarkLenaMemberoftheAssemblyRoom2114,StateCapitolSacramento,California95814DearAssemblyMemberLena:Iamwritingtoregretfully,informyouthattheDepartmentofToxicSubstancesControl
(DTSC)
opposesyourAssemblyBill
(AB)
706(amendedJune25
j
2007).Thebill
would
prohibitthemanufacturing,processing,ordistributionofproducts,orpartsofproductscontaipingbrominatedfireretardantsandchlorlnatedfireretardantsunlessthebrominatedorchlorinatedfireretardantsarebuiltdirectlyintothemolecularstructureoftheproduct,DTSCappreciatestheconcernstheauthorisattemptingto.addresswithAB706,aswiththelegislationthatenactedthecurrentpronlolnononpolybrominateddiphenylethers'.DTSChassignificantconcerns,however;withwholesalechemicalprohibitionsandproductbanssuchasthis.Aswellintentioned
as
theyare
j
chemicalprohibitions·andproductbanscanresultinsijJnificantnegativeunintendedconsequencesandpresentimplementation
and
enforcementchallengesthatcouldnegateorlimittheintendedbenefits,Withoutasystematicmethodofensuringthatsubstitutesexistthatdonotposethesamerisksorhazardsasthechemicalbeingprohlblted,andthatperformthesamebeneficialfunctionofthosechemicalsbeingprohibited,measuressuchasthiscaneasilyresult
in
regrettablesubstitutions.Beforeproceeding
witha
prohibitiononwidelyusedchemicalssuchasbrominatedandchlorinatedfireretardants,wemustensurethatanevaluationofalloftheseimportantfactorshasbeenperformedsothattheresultisareasoned,science-baseddecision.WhileAS706,especiallythroughsomeofitsmorerecentamendments,appearstoacknowledgetheseissuesandattemptstoaddresstheconcerns,DTSCstronglyrecommendsthatAS706bepostponeduntiltheSecretaryforEnvironmentalProtectionhasdevelopedacomprehensivesetofrecommendationspursuanttotheCalifornia
ProtectionAgency's
(Cal/EPA)GreenChemistryInitiative.AspartofthatInitiative,theSecretaryhascommittedtoprovidingasetofrecommendationsbyJuly1
j
2008for
Printedon
Recycled
Paper
 
Jun,18,20121:26PM
KQEDSacramentoBureau
No,5434
p,
2
The
Honorable
MarkLenaJune
29,2007
Page2developing
aconsistentmeansfor
evaluatingrisk,
reducingexposure,
encouragingless-
toxicindustrialprocessesandproducts,andidentifyingsafer,non-chemicalalternatives.Mostimportantly,theGreenChemistryInitiativewillensureacomprehensiveand"collaborativeapproachtoincreaseaccountabilityandeffectivenessofenvironmentalprogramsacrossstateqovernrnentandtransparencyofdecisionsregardingtheuseofchemicals.'"WhileDTSCmustopposeAB706at
this
time,IhopethatyouandyourstaffwillparticipateintheCal/EPAGreenChemistryeffortssothat,toqether,wecandevelopeffectivesolutionsforthemanagementofchemicalsandchemicalinformationinCalifornia.,"
)
IfyouhaveanyquestionsorIcanbeofanyfurtherassistance,pleasefeelfreetocontactmeat(916)322~0504,orMr.RickBrausch,
Legislative
Director,at(916)322-3902.cc:ChrlsKahn"LegislativeAffairsSecretaryGovernor'sOffice"StateCapitol
Building
Sacramento,California95814
 
Jun,18,20121:26PM
KQEDSacramentoBureau
No,5434
p,
3,
TheHonorableMarkLeno
June
29,2007
Page
3
cc:DanSkopec
UndersecretaryCaliforniaEnvironmentalProtectionAgency
P.o.
Box
2815
Sacramento,California.95812-2815PattyZwartsAssistantSecretaryforLegislationCaliforniaEnvironmentalProtectionAgency
P.O.
Box
2815
Sacramento,California95812-2815Rick
Brausch
DaputyDirectorforLegislation.OfficeofLegislativeandRegulatoryPolicyDepartmentofToxicSubstancesControl
.P.O.
Box.8oSSacramento,California
95812-0806

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