Microplastics – Procedures for the Addition to California’s Candidate Chemicals List are Underway

According to an April 27, 2023 news release, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) https://dtsc.ca.gov/2023/04/27/news-release_t-03-23/has scheduled a public workshop for July 27, 2023 to gather information necessary for the issuance of a proposed rule which would add microplastics “… to its Candidate Chemicals List (CCL), based on their reported impacts on human health and the environment … Once they are released, either directly or from the breakdown of larger plastic items, microplastics persist and move in the environment … Regulations that add chemicals to the CCL do not directly create any new requirements. They allow DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Program (SCP) to select consumer products containing one or more of these chemicals for later evaluation and possible regulation under SCP regulations as a Chemical of Concern in a Priority Product. Manufacturers of a consumer product regulated by SCP must thoroughly evaluate the impacts of a Candidate Chemical before choosing it as a replacement for a Chemical of Concern …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics @CaliforniaDTSC