Green Chemistry in California:
A Framework for Leadership in
Chemicals Policy and Innovation
Michael P. Wilson
with Daniel A. Chia and Bryan C. Ehlers
The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee
The California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
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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.
The California Policy Research Center, the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program provided funding for this report.
The views and recommendations expressed are those of the principal author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the sponsors or funders or the Regents of the University of California.
About the Authors
Michael P. Wilson, the principal author, is an assistant research scientist with the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. The California Legislature established COEH in 1978 (AB 3414) to improve understanding of occupational and environmental health problems in California and work toward their resolution through research, teaching, and service. The Northern California COEH consists of researchers and practitioners at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis. Daniel A. Chia and Bryan C. Ehlers conducted research for the report as part of their graduate studies at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
About the Advisory Committee
A 13-member Advisory Committee (see following page) provided technical oversight for the report. The full committee was convened one time. Committee members provided individual consultation to the primary author and written comments on three drafts of the report. The report, however, is not a consensus document; final responsibility for the report content rests with the primary author, not with the committee, individually or collectively.
The Advisory Committee
John R. Balmes, MD, Professor, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley
Carl F. Cranor, PhD, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UC Riverside S. Katharine Hammond, PhD, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Bill E. Kastenberg, PhD, Professor,...