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During the workshop, BCI provided corrections to a DTSC background paper that contained outdated and incorrect information about lead batteries.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.
For more information, including BCI’s presentation to DTSC staff, see the materials below.
- CA DTSC Public Workshop on Lead Batteries and Alternatives Presentations
- BCI Introduction to Lead Batteries, Nov. 6, DTSC Workshop
- Essential Energy Everyday Fact Sheet
- Infographic: Lead Batteries are America’s Most Recycled Consumer Product
- Existing Assessments of Lead Batteries Compared to Alternatives Assessment Factors
- Understanding Blood Lead Levels