A recent House subcommittee hearing on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was an “important step” toward approval of a TSCA reform bill, said American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley after the June 13 hearing.
A bill, introduced by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died June 3, and David Vitter (R-La.), “makes meaningful changes to the law, including requiring that all ‘grandfathered’ chemicals undergo evaluation for the first time,” Dooley said.
The bill clarifies when federal law should take precedence over state or local rules while preserving an active role for state lawmakers and regulators, Dooley said.
“At the same time, the bill protects critical confidential business information, increases transparency so the public and Congress can have a better window into the regulatory process, and it preserves a well-functioning and efficient system to bring new innovations to market in a timely way,” Dooley said. “The bill is a carefully crafted compromise based on input from industry and the environmental community that will make Americans feel safer, regulation smarter and our economy stronger.”
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