It is with great pleasure that we learned today that Senator Michael Rubio, representing the California Senate’s District 16 in the heart of the Central Valley, has withdrawn his request to Governor Brown to delay California’s ground-breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations.

A month ago, Senator Rubio requested the delay with an economic argument:  “These regulations could affect nearly every product sold in the state of California – from cars and computers to shampoo and cleaning products- potentially impacting every manufacturer, business and consumer in California,” Rubio said in a prepared statement. “Particularly during these difficult economic times, it is critical that businesses have greater certainty about future regulatory conditions so that we will continue to encourage job growth in California.”

Senator Rubio is to be congratulated for recognizing the potential for the Safer Consumer Product regulations to spur a green economy in California in these troubled economic times. I testified to the California Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee in December, 2011, on this topic; look for my upcoming blog for on the topic next month.

Just more than a month after Sen. Michael Rubio asked Gov. Jerry Brown to delay implementation of California’s law to regulate toxic chemicals in consumer goods, he has dropped his request.

In a letter Friday to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Rubio and six other lawmakers said they were satisfied with the department’s plan to study the law’s economic impact on regulated industries.

“We applaud your work on this important issue and look forward to working with you to protect all consumers in California, as well as our state’s economic future,” the letter said.

The state’s Green Chemistry initiative, passed by the Legislature in 2008, has been delayed about two years. Environmentalists say the initiative is important to protect the public and the environment from toxins, while critics fear its impact on business.

Rubio has had a difficult relationship with environmentalists, only exacerbated since Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced this fall that Rubio would be chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. The Central Valley Democrat was behind a controversial, failed effort this year to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act.