Some California businesses have voluntarily established policies to avoid toxic compounds, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Kaiser Permanente. But some said they were frustrated by the lack of disclosure requirements under the federal law.
Lynn Garske, environmental stewardship manager at Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, said the report's recommendations would give the company the data it needed to pursue its pledge to use nontoxic medical devices and other equipment.
"We make requests to our vendors and suppliers, but we have a lot of difficulty getting true information. The safety testing isn't there, so we aren't getting the answers to help us make decisions," Garske said.
Developing a proposal for the Legislature by next year may be overly optimistic.
John Uhlrich of the Chemical Industry Council of California, which represents about 50 manufacturers and distributors, said he agreed with some points but "when we begin to get down to how we implement these things, questions will arise."