Yesterday morning, June 22nd, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law. The bill was a bipartisan effort that amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This legislation is the first major update to TSCA in 20 years. Updating and amending TSCA has been a priority for both the Environmental Protection Agency and industry groups for some time.
The Lautenberg Act creates a risk-based standard requiring that chemicals be safe for their intended use, as opposed to a precautionary principle-based approach. It sorts the TSCA inventory of chemicals into high-priority and low-priority chemicals, and establishes a procedure for EPA assessing those chemicals. It provides preemption of the patchwork of state chemical laws and regulations, so manufacturers have clear rules of the road. And it requires the best available science and protects manufacturers' confidential business information. The passage of the Lautenberg Act and its subsequent signing into law is a victory of the collaborative efforts from both the business community and Congress.
In an effort to further educate the public on the changes to TSCA, next Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST, EPA will host a webinar to provide an overview of the new Act. This initial webinar will be informational only to help inform those unfamiliar with the new law. To log in to the webinar next week click here. You will need to sign in as a guest and for audio, please call 866-299-3188, and enter code 2025648098#.