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Program Aims to Reduce Chemicals in Consumer Products
LOWELL ߝ Ken Geiser, co-director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Prof. of Work Environment at UMass Lowell, is one the nation’s top scientists and engineers who will be joining California’s Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) to build the California Green Chemistry Initiative ߝ a new program to cut toxic chemicals in consumer products.
The group of experts will serve on the Green Chemistry Science Advisor Panel, which will guide DTSC on scientific matters and provide the technical basis for the new regulatory initiative.
DTSC Director Maureen Gorsen says, “These are the people who invent molecules we will use in the future. If we want chemicals that will lead to environmentally sustainable products, these experts can tell us what policies will achieve that goal. Having these distinguished scientists on board is a big asset to the program.”
Geiser co-authored the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UML from 1990 to 2003. His research and publications focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, chemicals policy, safer technologies and green chemistry.
Geiser is a resident of Somerville.
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