Support Grows For Chemical Law Reform | June 10, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 23 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 23 | pp. 22-23
Issue Date: June 10, 2013

Support Grows For Chemical Law Reform

Senate bill would require EPA to determine the safety of commercial substances, override state policies
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: TSCA, Senate, S. 1009, legislation, Congress

Thousands of commercial chemicals used in everyday items from baby carriers to cleaning products have never undergone federal scrutiny for safety. This is because they were on the market prior to enactment of the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The fact that TSCA—the federal law that regulates commercial chemicals—in practice gives the Environmental Protection Agency little recourse against chemicals already on the market has led to an erosion in public confidence in the chemical . . .

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