Three State Committees to Hold Oversight Hearing on Toxic Products

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Three State Assembly Policy Committees will convene a unique oversight hearing on August 3, 2010 to investigate the State of California’s efforts to enforce laws requiring safe, healthy, alternatives to toxic consumer products. The State Assembly environmental committees including those responsible for toxic materials, natural resources and health will hear from consumer groups and activists on consumer choices with special attention on products marketed to young people.

“Californians are demanding strong standards for reducing the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products” said Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), the Chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “This meeting will allow us to hear from experts from academia, young people finding safer alternatives, state agencies, and businesses concerned about the widespread use of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products”

“Because of the lack of government policy around the toxic chemicals in all aspects of our lives, we founded Teens Turning Green to take action to eliminate these exposures,” said California student Mari Vial-Golden, “TTG will launch a powerful initiative this fall called Project Green Clean working toward safer products, practices, and guidelines for households and schools. Efforts like this, as well as community action on important government programs like the Green Chemistry Initiative, are necessary to protect consumers.”

What: Oversight Hearing on Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products – Is California Meeting its Obligation to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals From our Homes?

Assemblymember Pedro Nava, Chairman, Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro, Chairman Assembly Natural Resources Committee
Assemblymember William Monning, Chairman, Assembly Health Committee
Assemblymember Jared Huffman

Witnesses Include:
Maziar Movassaghi, Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Michael Wilson, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Teens Turning Green – Marin-based high school student group devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities

Where: State Capitol, Room 4202
Sacramento, CA

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM .

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