Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bipartisan bill that will modernize the nation’s chemicals management policy for the first time in 40 years. The legislation 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 members of the House and Senate and with stakeholders on all sides of the issue. We stood by our commitment throughout the process, and the final legislation strikes a reasonable balance on the major issues and reflects CSPA’s input on behalf of our members and the input of allied trade associations and NGOs.”
The bill has been sent to the Senate, where Senate leadership will attempt to bring the bill up for a final vote later this week.
CSPA appreciates the leadership of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Representatives Diana DeGette and Gene Green, Senators James Inhofe, Barbara Boxer, David Vitter, Tom Udall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.