Governor of the State of Michigan, USA / 17.10.2006 / upon entering public record
Local legislation to be implemented in the State of Michigan, USA
The purpose of the legislation item is to reduce the use of hazardous substances that can threaten human health and environment. Measures to reduce the use of such chemicals are related to the implementation of so called “green chemistry”.
“Green chemistry” is defined as using a set of principles in chemistry and chemical engineering to design chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances by safe and efficient manufacturing processes. The 12 Green chemistry principles are presented, including:
In order to support the green chemistry policy, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality shall establish a Green Chemistry Support Program to promote and coordinate state green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer.
According to section II of the Michigan Directive, dedicated to green chemistry policy, the State departments and agencies shall:
The Michigan Directive promotes green chemistry principles including designing and use of safer chemicals or products with ‘little or no toxicity’. The documents presents not only the policy regarding green chemistry but also the main points of a Support Program.
Green Chemistry Support Program should contain a range of measures, from research to technological transfer and education, but it also includes incentives and measures to identify barriers to commercialization of green chemistry.