Green Chemistry Programs Sprout In Calif., Elsewhere

Law360, New York (August 12, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT) -- A number of high-profile recalls have prompted certain states and the U.S. government to try to systematically reduce the toxicity of consumer products, rather than just impose bans on a chemical-by-chemical basis.

Nowhere is this green chemistry movement more pronounced than in California, which passed legislation in 2008 to create a Toxics Information Clearinghouse — a public, online database that will list the various chemicals used in products and collect information about their toxic properties.

Under a companion bill, the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control...
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