Navigating California’s REACH, aka, the Green Chemistry Initiative

Vol. 26 No. 4

Ms. Chen is a principal at PC Law Group.

Every day, the United States produces or imports 42 billion pounds of chemicals for commercial and industrial use. Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California, 2008, University of California, available at http://coeh.berkeley.edu/docs/news/green_chem_brief.pdf. Ninety percent of these chemicals rely on fossil fuel feedstocks, which are nonrenewable, and an additional 1,000 new chemicals are introduced into commerce each year. Moreover, global chemical production is doubling every 25 years, a remarkable pace that exceeds the rate of population growth. These chemicals are used in countless industrial processes and consumer products and as such, the toxicity and ecotoxicity of these chemicals are of great concern.

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