Regulating lead-acid batteries ~ Policy goal and narrow scope

As a former member of the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Green Ribbon Science Panel, I remain invested in the success of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCP) and feel that success is dependent on addressing two major challenges.

First, government nearly always takes the straightforward approach to problematic chemical substances by simply restricting or banning their use.

This approach fails to control the replacement(s), so we all too often end up with “regrettable substitutions” – the use of other chemical substances selected for functionality and/or cost that perform no better than the substances they replaced in terms of environmental and human health toxicity.



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