Cal/ EPA DTSC Green Ribbon Science Panel

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, Developing Tools and Practices, Governments, What I'm Working On | 1 comment

Dr. Ann Blake has been reappointed to the Green Ribbon Science Panel, created by AB 1879, the statute that created the Safer Consumer Products program. The 2014 Green Ribbon Science Panel has 15 members consisting of reappointed members from the first Panel and new experts.  This Green Ribbon Science Panel will continue to advise the Department on a variety of scientific and technical matters related to Green Chemistry. Some specific topical...

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California Issues Draft List of Priority Products for Alternatives Assessment

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, Developing Tools and Practices, What's on My Mind | 0 comments

On March 13, 2014, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft list of priority products for assessment under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. This is a significant milestone in the development of the ground-breaking regulations. The California Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first attempt anywhere in the world to lay out a process for assessing safer...

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Use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in Regulatory Alternatives Analysis: A Case Study of Lead-Free Solder

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 in Crafting Policies, Developing Tools and Practices, In the Press, Print, Projects, Publications | 0 comments

Abstract Regulators are implementing new programs that require manufacturers of products containing certain chemicals of concern to identify, evaluate and adopt viable, safer alternatives. Such programs raise the difficult question for policymakers and regulated businesses of which alternatives are “viable” and “safer.” To address that question, these programs use “alternatives analysis,” an emerging methodology that integrates issues of human...

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GreenBiz.Com’s The Right Chemistry Blog: California’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations and B Corps

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, In the Press, What's on My Mind | 0 comments

I was recently invited to write for’s The Right Chemistry Blog. I chose to focus on the economic opportunity for California inherent in the Safer Consumer Product regulations. Check it out here.  Why California is leading the way on chemical policy reform By Ann Blake Published December 14, 2012 Email | Print | Multiple Page View Tags: Chemicals, Policy & Regulations, More… California is in the last stages of...

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December 8, 2011 Testimony to California Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, Presentations, Sustainable Economy | 0 comments

On December 8, 2011, Dr. Ann Blake testified before the California Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on California’s ground-breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations. Here is a transcript of her testimony: Ann Blake_ESTM Safer Product Regulations Oversight Testimony 8 Dec...

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