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NERC provides administration and staff support to the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH). TPCH was formed by the Source Reduction Council of CONEG in 1992 to promote the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation. The Model Legislation was developed in an effort to reduce the amount of heavy metals in packaging and packaging components that are sold or distributed throughout the United States. Specifically, the Model Legislation was designed to phase out the use and presence of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in packaging in states that enact the legislation. To date, 19 U.S. states have adopted the Model Legislation. Nine of these states are members of the TPCH, including: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
For more information, contact Melissa Walsh Innes, Program Manager.