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Green Ribbon Science Panel Overview
Two laws signed in 2008 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided the foundation for advancing the California Green Chemistry Initiative. Chapters 559 and 560 were first steps in developing the information needed to protect Californians from the adverse effects of toxic chemicals, by providing information about chemicals in consumer products.
Chapter 559 directs the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to develop regulations that create a process for identifying and prioritizing chemicals of concern, and to create methods for analyzing alternatives to existing hazardous chemicals. It also allows DTSC to take certain actions following an assessment that range from "no action" to "restrictions or bans."
The law also establishes a Green Ribbon Science Panel made up of experts to provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations and implementation strategies. The Panel will ensure that implementation efforts are based on a strong scientific foundation.
The Green Ribbon Science Panel consists of members with expertise in the following areas: