After Historic Committee Vote, TSCA Reform Faces Hazy Path To Floor

"After a historic committee vote to advance legislation that would overhaul the country's chemical regulations, it remains unclear whether there is a path for the bill to clear the full Senate -- let alone the House -- before the end of the year."

"The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee cleared New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg's 'Safe Chemicals Act' last week. The measure would overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, shifting the burden to manufacturers to prove their substances are safe before they enter commerce. That responsibility currently falls to EPA.

At the markup, Lautenberg offered a more than 170-page amendment that public health advocates have touted as the 'sweet spot' between their and industry's positions."

Jeremy P. Jacobs reports for E&E Daily August 2, 2012.


"Senate Panel Adopts Chemicals Reform Bill" (Chemical & Engineering News)

Source: E&E Daily, 08/03/2012