California's Green Chemistry Initiative

In a neighborhood in McHenry, Ill., there are enough brain-cancer patients to fill a hospital ward -- 14 residents in a community of 1,000 developed brain tumors, compared with a national rate of seven in 100,000. The result, according to CBS News, is multiple lawsuits against chemical giant Rohm and Haas Co., whose McHenry plant dumped toxic chemicals on its property for 20 years, ending in 1979. Such tragedies, and such lawsuits, might be avoided if California aggressively pursues the policies suggested Tuesday by the state Environmental Protection Agency in its Green Chemistry Initiative report. It contains six recommendations, which, if implemented, would give consumers, manufacturers...