California Enacts Nation’s First Green Chemistry Program
9 February 2009
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a move that may revolutionize the way dangerous chemicals and processes are regulated in the United States, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law AB 1879 (Feuer) and SB 509 (Simitian), creating the nation’s first Green Chemistry program. The new laws codify two of the Green Chemistry initiative’s goals: raising public awareness about the hazards of “chemicals of concern,” and finding alternatives that are less threatening to the environment and public health.