Yesterday, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which will modernize the nation’s chemicals management policy for the first time in 40 years. The legislation, which is a product of bi-partisan negotiation, will assure consumers that chemicals in household and institutional products have been evaluated and found to meet a risk-based safety standard by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), which represents companies manufacturing and marketing products to consumers and institutions.
“We are proud of the role we have played in the process of TSCA modernization over the past eight years,” said Chris Cathcart, President and CEO of the Consumer Specialty Products Association. “When the late Senator Frank Lautenberg began this effort to reform TSCA, CSPA committed to working in good faith with everyone in the House and Senate and with stakeholders on all sides of the issue. We have stood by our commitment throughout the process, and the final legislation reflects CSPA’s input on behalf of our members and the input of NGOs and allied trade associations.”
CSPA appreciates the leadership of Chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee James Inhofe, Ranking Member Barbara Boxer and Senator Tom Udall and Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Fred Upton, Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, Ranking Member Frank Pallone and Representatives Diana DeGette and Gene Green.