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Issue Date: March 16, 2009

Change Is Coming

Converging forces spur modernization of U.S. chemical control law
Department: Government & Policy

TSCA—it's pronounced "Tosca," like the Puccini opera.

TSCA is the abbreviation for the Toxic Substances Control Act, a little-known law with big, sometimes operatic implications for the chemical enterprise. After all, TSCA governs commercial chemicals that are the building blocks of modern life's everyday products.

Former president Gerald Ford signed TSCA into law in 1976. Today, the statute remains essentially unchanged, a long time in an era of rapid technological development. Virtually everyone agrees that . . .

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