On June 23rd, the House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act, (H.R.2576), by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 398-1.The vote reflects the bipartisan nature in which the TSCA Modernization Act was authored. Its drafting brought together Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-NY), Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and H.R. 2576 rapidly found support on both sides of the aisle.
The original Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was signed into law in 1976, but has not been modernized to keep pace with the risks presented by existing chemicals used in U.S. manufacturing. Today’s marketplace, with industry advancements and increased interstate commerce, has long required updates to TSCA in order to facilitate the growth of U.S. manufacturing and improve protections for public health and the environment. The TSCA Modernization Act was several years in the making and had broad support from industry and environmental groups as well as the private and public sectors. As Representative Shimkus said, “The TSCA Modernization Act has been a long time in the making. The bill is clear and understandable and takes a common sense approach to protecting people from unsafe chemical exposure while setting a new standard for quality regulation”.
The Senate will now need to consider and pass the bill in order for President Obama to sign it into law. Given the support for H.R.2576 in the House, it looks hopeful that TSCA can finally enjoy a long overdue modernization.
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