Volume 91 Issue 21 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 27, 2013 | Web Date: May 24, 2013

Chemical Reform Bill Unveiled

Senate: Breakthrough bipartisan proposal would update Toxic Substances Control Act
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: TSCA, Senate, legislation, Congress

In a landmark political compromise, Senate Democrats and Republicans last week jointly introduced legislation aimed at ensuring that chemicals used in commerce are screened for safety—a test not required by current law. The bill (S. 1009) would rewrite the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law that has remained virtually unchanged since Congress passed it in 1976. And the effort has support from the chemical industry and some environmental activists.

Under the proposed law, EPA . . .

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