The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has called for a number of changes to a new Green Chemistry work plan for California.

The comments come in response to a request from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Draft Priority Work Plan.

The AAFA is calling for the removal of some chemicals – formaldehyde, triclosan and phthalates – from the plan as they are already covered by existing federal and state regulations.

It also asks the DTSC for clarity on the chemical classes covered, in particular aromatic amines and azo dyes, and further demands greater transparency about the DTSC’s selection process of the sectors covered by the plan.

And the organisation asks the DTSC to identify a California-specific problem that warrants the inclusion of clothing as a product category in the draft work plan.

“We wish to again express our association’s support for California’s Green Chemistry Initiative,” the AAFA writes.

“However, we believe our comments and recommendations should give DTSC pause before proceeding. AAFA and its members also request an additional comment period before finalisation of the work plan to allow further input and dialogue with relevant stakeholders.”