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The Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill – What It Means To You

6/9/2016 Articles

 The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill amends TSCA for the first time in 40 years to ensure that only human and environmental health are considered in assessing the safety of chemicals. Under the new bill, known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, all chemicals in commerce will be reviewed by U.S. EPA to consider—without regard to cost or benefits—their health and safety impact. The legislation also shifts the burden and cost of evaluating and regulating chemicals to manufacturers, along with imposing new fees. EPA’s oversight of chemicals manufactured, sold or distributed in the U.S. will be greatly expanded, as will be the processes by which chemicals may be approved. The reform legislation will now be sent on to President Obama, with every expectation he will sign it.

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