Green Chemistry: Losing the TSCA battle but winning the war?

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Green chemistry, or sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances throughout the entire lifecycle. Significant time and attention has been placed upon green chemistry as a core component on the pathway for companies to meet their sustainability goals and be good corporate stewards.

A provision to increase green chemistry support was added Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act of the 21st Century but was removed from final version due to concerns that it would impede passage of TSCA reform. (Refer to the National Law Review’sarticle Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform.) The measure was originally added to the Senate version by Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and was crafted to increase funding the research and development of green chemistry.

Will the absence of this provision help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? Are there other provisions in the new TSCA reform that will help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? What does this mean for the future of green chemistry?

Join WCEE in a discussion with Steve Bennett, Ph.D., Senior Director of Scientific Affairs and Sustainability at the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) as we explore these questions.


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