California’s Green Chemistry Initiative   Leave a comment

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Two years ago, California lawmakers approved the Green Chemistry Initiative, which prompted the creation of a database cataloging harmful compounds. This database was intended to assist regulators in restricting the use of these chemicals. Now, Governor Schwarzenegger is following up on the initiative, and signed several bills this week, including the following:

AB 1963: Requires laboratories conducting cholinesterase testing to determine workers’ exposure to pesticides to report it to state pesticide regulators. The confidential information could then be shared among several agencies that monitor health and saftey issues for agricultural workers. Previous law on pesticide testing did not require reports to state agencies responsible for workers’ health. Cut from the Senate’s version of the bill, however, was a provision allowing the state Department of

Public Health to assess fines against labs that fail to report. (LA Times)

The article goes on to say,

Overexposure to organophosphate and carbamate pesticides can suppress cholinesterase, a nerve enzyme. Suppressed cholinesterol levels can lead to impaired reproductive function, birth defects, a weakened immune system, an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia, nerve damage, severe neurological effects and even death. (LA Times)

For a list of other environmental bills passed by Gov. Schwarzenegger this week, click here.

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Posted October 1, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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