CA Safer Consumer Products Program

Modern lead-based batteries are safe and pose no exposure threat or danger to sensitive populations. DTSC should refrain from listing lead-based Safer Consumer Products Program; listing will harm the state’s emission reduction efforts and energy storage goals.

2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan

In May 2018, DTSC issued an updated Priority Work Plan for 2018-2020 which includes lead batteries for consideration as a potential Priority Product. We believe that DTSC should eliminate lead batteries from consideration for this program because they pose no significant public health risk to consumers, have no significant “end-of-life effects” and every facet of the product life-cycle is covered under a comprehensive and stringent multi-agency regulatory structure.

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99% of lead batteries are recycled in the U.S.
Modern, closed-loop recycling helps create new batteries from more than 1.7 million tons of recycled batteries each year.

DTSC Workshop

Representatives from Battery Council International, lead battery manufacturers and recyclers, as well as leading automotive/vehicle trade associations, were invited to help California regulators understand how advancements in lead batteries have made them the leading battery storage system that safely powers more than 1 billion vehicles worldwide while start-stop technology with advanced lead batteries save 60 million gallons of fuel and 5.9 million metric tons of GHG each year.

DTSC, a regulatory agency within the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), manages the Safer Consumer Products Program (SCPP), sometimes referred to as “green chemistry.” SCPP is tasked to look at thousands of product/chemical combinations and determine whether they meet the criteria to formally nominate them to be a “Priority Product.” The Priority Product designation requires a regulatory review to determine whether the product presents a risk to consumers and should therefore be replaced with a “safer” alternative.

During the workshop, BCI provided corrections to a DTSC background paper that contained outdated and incorrect information about lead batteries. BCI also asserted that lead batteries do not meet the relevant Priority Product listing criteria and that it would be a misuse of state resources to proceed to listing, particularly since there is an absence of exposure to consumers.

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Steve Binks of the International Lead Association

...[this] is the start of a journey that will raise global standards and help ensure that lead batteries continue to be a key enabling technology for the transition to a low carbon future.

Dr. Steve Binks, Regulatory Affairs Director, International Lead Association