By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 18, 2004

SB 1168 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento), a bill proposing a statewide biomonitoring program, was amended this week to remove the provision requiring that the program be funded by the manufacturers and distributors of 57 specified chemicals.

The amendment is yet to appear in print. While this was one of CMTA's major objections to the bill, other significant problems still remain. The premise that mere detection at any level translates to harm, the creation of an environmental activist advisory council, and the list of chemicals itself (which prejudges that these chemicals are a danger) are all unsatisfactory details.

While CMTA supports the concept of biomonitoring, this particular program is not one we can endorse. It will simply add uncertainty and have the negative effect of discouraging companies from investing in California operations.
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