SECTION 1. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 23 the following sections:-
Section 24. For the purposes of sections 24 through 28, the following terms shall have the following meanings:-
“Board”, the science advisory board of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
“Children”, natural persons under the age of 12.
“Children’s product”, consumer products for use by children including: toys; children's cosmetics; children's jewelry; a product to help a child with sucking or teething, to facilitate sleep, relaxation, or the feeding of a child, or to be worn as clothing by a child; or child car seats. This includes products that meet any of the following conditions: represented in its packaging, display, or advertising as appropriate for use by children; sold in conjunction with, attached to, or packaged together with other products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children; or sold in any of the following: retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person exclusively offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children; or a discrete portion of a retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children.
“Consumer product”, any item or formulation sold for residential or commercial use, including any component, part, or packaging, provided that consumer product shall not mean items made available for use in Massachusetts for the sole purpose of redistribution, sale, supply, or lease for use outside of Massachusetts.
“Council”, the Administrative Council of the Toxics Use Reduction Act as established in chapter 21I of the General Laws.
“Department”, the department of environmental protection.
“De minimis level”, (a) For a hazardous chemical that is an intentionally added chemical in a component of a consumer product, the practical quantification limit; or, (b) For a hazardous chemical that has a contaminant present in a component of a children's product, a concentration of 100 parts per million.
“Formulated product”, a consumer product that consists of a chemical mixture including, but not limited to, laboratory chemicals, cleaning products, cosmetics and coating materials that are sold as consistent mixtures of chemicals.
“IC2”, the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse, an association of state, local, and tribal governments that promotes a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development and use of safer chemicals and products.
“Manufacturer”, any person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, governmental entity, organization, combination or joint venture which produces a consumer product containing a chemical listed on the Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products list or an importer or domestic distributor of a consumer product containing a chemical listed on the Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products list and that is produced in a foreign country. In the case of a consumer product made with components made by different manufacturers, the manufacturer is the manufacturer who produced the component containing the chemical listed on the Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products list or alternatives assessment substance. If the consumer product or component is produced in a foreign country, the manufacturer is the importer or domestic distributor; provided, however, that if a company from whom an importer purchases the consumer product or component has a United States presence or assets, that company shall be considered to be the manufacturer.
“Practical quantification limit”, the lowest concentration of a chemical that can be reliably measured within specified limits of precision, accuracy, representativeness, completeness and comparability during routine laboratory operating conditions. The practical quantification limit is based on scientifically defensible, standard analytical methods. The practical quantification limit for a given chemical may be different depending on the matrix and the analytical method used.
“Institute”, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute as established in chapter 21I of the General Laws.
"Toy", a product designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used by a child at play.
Section 25. Toxic Chemicals List
(a) No later than 180 days after effective date of this section, in consultation with the board, the committee, and the institute, the council shall publish the toxic chemicals in children’s consumer products list, heretofore referred to as the list, which shall be available to the public on the department’s website.
(b) Criteria for listing such toxic chemicals in consumer products pursuant to subsection (a) shall include chemicals recognized as carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins; chemicals recognized as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals; chemicals recognized as endocrine disruptors; and other chemicals of equivalent concern as determined by the institute in consultation with the science advisory board. At a minimum, the list shall include the chemicals listed in the Washington State list of Chemicals of Concern and the State of Maine List of Chemicals of High Concern, excluding mercury. At least every 4 years, the council, in consultation with the board and the advisory committee, shall refine the list to incorporate new scientific information and data, and the council shall publish a revised version of the list, as needed. Failure to refine the list shall not invalidate the list.
(c) In preparing the list, the institute may also rely on additional published authoritative lists of chemical categorizations such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Domestic Substances List Categorization, the European Commission list of substances of very high concern, the California Safer Consumer Products list of Chemicals of Concerns, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer list of carcinogens.
Section 26. Not later than July 31, 2016, the department shall promulgate regulations that require a person who is a manufacturer or distributor of a children’s product or a formulated product for sale in the Commonwealth that contains a chemical that is included on the list in an amount greater than a de minimis level to notify the department in writing on an annual basis. This written notice must include the following information: (1) the name of the chemical used or produced and its chemical abstracts service registry number; (2) a brief description of the product or product component containing the substance; (3) a description of the function of the chemical in the product; (4) the amount of the chemical used in each unit of the product or product component, which may be reported in ranges, rather than the exact amount; (5) the name and address of the manufacturer and the name, address, and phone number of a contact person for the manufacturer; and (6) any other information the manufacturer deems relevant to the appropriate use of the product.
(a) By January 1, 2017, the department shall make reported information about toxic chemicals in consumer products available to the public via the IC2 database. The department may authorize the IC2 to maintain information on behalf of Massachusetts including but not limited to information regarding chemicals contained in consumer products pursuant to section 25 of this act. The data IC2 shall include at a minimum chemical names, chemical abstracts service registry numbers, product categories, manufacturer, concentration of the chemical in the product, which can be expressed in a range, and other information that the department determines. In creating this database the department may co-operate with other states who have made similar data publicly available.
(b) By July 1, 2017, and every 2 years after that, the department shall submit a report on the toxic chemicals in consumer products and the children's products or product categories and formulated products or product categories they identify to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature. The department shall also make the report available on its website and may publicize it through any other appropriate channels. The report shall include policy options for addressing children's products that contain chemicals included on the toxic chemicals in consumer products list, including recommendations for additional ways to inform consumers about toxic chemicals in products, policies to protect consumers from hazardous chemical exposures, and chemicals for which it would be beneficial to conduct alternatives assessments.
Section 27. The department shall promulgate regulations pertaining to the enforcement of this act. These regulations shall be issued no later than July 31, 2016.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.