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Update on TSCA Reform

Posted on: January 8, 2014

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM

The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently held another hearing on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform.  The hearing, which was held on November 13, 2013, was entitled, “S. 1009, The Chemical Safety Improvement Act.”  The following witnesses testified at the hearing:

  • The Honorable David Vitter, Member, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Tom Udall, Member, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Calvin M. Dooley, President and CEO, American Chemistry Council
  • Richard Denison, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Ernie Rosenberg, President and CEO, American Cleaning Institute
  • Andy Igrejas, National Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
  • Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor, The University of Texas School of Law and
  • Dean C. Garfield, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council.

A Hearing Notice, Background Memo, Opening Statements and the Witnesses’ Testimony are available on the full committee’s website at:  http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/s-1009-chemical-safety-improvement-act.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to rely on its existing authorities under the TSCA in order to regulate chemicals and make more information on chemicals available to the public.  Recent EPA actions under the TSCA are summarized in a separate article in this issue of ChemADVISORY.

Reference

U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee.  “Subcommittee Reviews Proposed Senate Reforms to Toxic Substances Control Act.”  Press Release.  November 13, 2013.


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