A new bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) modernization draft bill released yesterday by Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) and Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is a balanced approach to updating the nation’s chemicals management policy, according to the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), which represents companies manufacturing and marketing products to consumers and institutions.
“The TSCA Modernization Act would establish a science-based chemicals management program, assuring consumers that chemicals in household products have been evaluated and found to meet a risk-based safety standard by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency. The new draft adds important requirements for the number of assessments EPA must conduct each year and provides a mechanism for protecting critical uses of chemicals. CSPA has been working towards bipartisan modernization of TSCA for six years, and this new draft bill is a big step in bringing U.S. chemical safety laws into the 21st Century,” said Phil Klein, association executive vice president, legislative & public affairs. “CSPA will continue to work with lawmakers in the House and Senate and all stakeholders to find common ground on the few remaining issues with a goal of getting a bill on the President’s desk this year.”
As a result of leadership in the House and Senate, this is the best opportunity in many years for updating the TSCA. CSPA is grateful for the efforts of Chairman Fred Upton, Chairman Shimkus, Ranking Member Pallone and Ranking Member Tonko.
The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment & the Economy marked up its TSCA discussion draft, with bipartisan vote of 21-0.