The implications of California’s Green Chemistry initiative are far REACHing. Many companies have viewed this initiative in the context of doing business primarily in California, but have not considered the implications presented by the many overlapping and conflicting regulatory schemes that govern the manufacturing, importing, distribution and marketing of consumer products and chemicals. For those companies doing business nationally and internationally, the initiative reach is global.
An article by Squire Sanders lawyer Chris Amantea, “California’s Green Chemistry Initiative Has a Long REACH” discusses the overlapping and conflicting provisions of California’s Green Chemistry initiative, such as California’s Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act Proposition 65), the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act, the FTC’s Green Guides, and the EU’s REACH (an acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals).
Originally published in Los Angeles Daily Journal and reprinted with permission.