Advocating for a scientific-based approach to ensure that chemicals are safe and not outright banned.

Green Chemistry Practice

For over two decades, KP Public Affairs has played a very active role in shaping environmental policy in the regulatory, media and legislative arenas. KP has led industry efforts to oppose chemical-ban legislation and successfully advocated for the development of a strong, scientific-based regulatory program under which chemicals with significant risks of exposure and corresponding harm to human health and the environment may be evaluated for appropriate regulatory response actions.

Our firm, along with two major industry associations, created the Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA) which has served to advance science-based industry positions. KP was part of a successful lobbying effort to develop the “Safer Alternatives” regulations in 2009-10 which became part of the Governor’s Green Chemistry Initiative.

Each legislative and regulatory challenge is different and requires a specialized approach from a lobbying and public affairs standpoint. When we approach a particular government action, we draw on the experience we have accumulated and the specific expertise in these complex matters. This combination of experience and knowledge allows us to tailor a successful plan in line with the resources of our clients.

KP services include the following:

• Engage state regulatory and legislative officials on key policy decisions and administrative implementation, particularly as those officials transition over time. And, participate in any legislative or regulatory activity that threatens the scientifically appropriate aspects of the green chemistry regulatory program or are otherwise adverse to our clients.

• Provide comprehensive communications services including proactive media relations, outreach to and engagement with relevant stakeholders, message development to targeted audiences and management of each client's reputation in the public arena.

• Assist our clients in insulating their consumer products from adverse regulatory or legislative attacks by taking pre-emptive action.

• Identify opportunities for our clients to avoid or counter adverse governmental actions aimed at specific industries, chemicals or products under the green chemistry program or otherwise developed by state government.

• Participate in meetings held by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and other regulatory agencies involved in developing and implementing green chemistry policies or related state government action.

 

For further reading: 

DTSC Releases Draft 3-Year Priority Products Work Plan

California’s Green Chemistry Program Moves Forward– Are You Prepared?

DTSC Initial Priority Product List - March 13, 2014

Jeff Sickenger discusses newly implemented California’s Green Chemistry Regulations

CA Green Chemistry Brochure

Viewpoint: Green Chemistry regulations

Green Chemistry Presentation Documents: 

Proposed Regulations for Safer Consumer Products, DTSC

Frequently Asked Questions, DTSC

Initial Statement of Reason, DTSC

Regulations Flowchart, DTSC

Recommendation on Need for a Multimedia Evaluation of the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations, CalEPA

SB 509, Simitian, 2008

AB 1879, Feuer, 2008

Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite - Eric Newman Presentation

Green Chemistry Alliance- Final Comments, DTSC's proposed regs