Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation

This report was prepared in response to a January 2004 request for technical assistance in the area of chemicals policy from California State Senator Byron Sher, chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and Assembly Member John Laird, chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. The request was prompted by the committees’ interest in a California chemicals policy that would address public and environmental health concerns while also building long-term capacity in the design, production, and use of chemicals that are safer for humans and the environment. The committees were also interested in the implications for California of chemicals policy developments occurring in the European Union.