Wednesday, February 24, 2010
State of Maine Adopts Regulations to Protect Public from Chemicals
As noted previously, the individual states are acting in the absence of a new federal level reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This past week the Maine Board of Environmental Protection unanimously adopted the final regulations implementing a chemical policy law enacted in 2008 by the Maine Legislature.
Specifically, the new rules are designed to protect the public, especially children, from toxic chemicals in consumer products and toys. The 2008 law required the Department of Environmental Protection to create and regularly update a database of chemicals that they've determined to be unsafe. In compliance with that requirement, in July of 2009 the DEP released a list identifying 1,300 chemicals.
More information can be found here.