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US House passes TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 for chemical management

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On 23 June, the US House passed the bipartisan ‘TSCA Modernization Act of 2015’, taking a significant step toward reforming the country’s outdated primary chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


The American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement of support:

"Today marks a pivotal moment in the years long effort to reform TSCA. By approving H.R. 2576, the 'TSCA Modernization Act of 2015', with tremendous support from both sides of the aisle, the House has sent a clear message that now is the time to update TSCA. We commend the House for what has been an unwavering commitment to this important national issue. In particular ACC appreciates the leadership of Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, Subcommittee Chairman Shimkus and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tonko.

"H.R. 2576 will build confidence in the US chemical regulatory system, protect human health and the environment, and address the commercial and competitive needs of the US chemical industry and the national economy.

"Now the Senate must act. We strongly urge Majority Leader McConnell to bring the complementary 'Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act', S. 697, to the floor for a full Senate vote right away. Through the passage of S. 697 by the Senate, and working with their colleagues in the House, Congress can deliver a much needed update to TSCA as well as a major environmental and commercial policy accomplishment to the president's desk for his signature this year."

William E. Allmond, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Vice President of Government and Public Relations, said:

"SOCMA has long awaited significant movement in Congress to reform our nation's chemical control law and restore public confidence in our industry. And with today's passage of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 by the House of Representatives, we believe Congress is just steps away from making TSCA reform a reality.

"We commend Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Energy and Commerce Committee leadership for their bipartisan process and swift action on moving the TSCA Modernization Act forward. This is by far the most credible piece of legislation to reform TSCA since it was enacted in 1976."

For more information about the TSCA Modernization Act click here.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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