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Update on TSCA Reform

Posted on: December 8, 2013

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM

The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently held two hearings on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform.  The first of these two hearings was held on July 11, 2013.  It was entitled, “Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation.”  The following witnesses testified at the hearing:

  • Craig Morrison, CEO, Momentive Performance Materials
  • Len Sauers, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Procter and Gamble
  • David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs, Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Rainer Lohmann, Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island and
  • Heather White, Executive Director, Environmental Working Group.

The second of these two hearings was held on September 18, 2013.  It was entitled, “Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act.”  The following witnesses testified at the hearing:

  • Mark A. Greenwood, Principal, Greenwood Environmental Counsel PLLC
  • Justin Johnson, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency for Natural Resources
  • William K. Rawson, Partner and Chair, Chemical Regulation, Product Strategy & Defense Practice, Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • Jennifer Thomas, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Lemuel M. Srolovic, Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, NYS Office of the Attorney General and
  • Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on TSCA Reform on July 31, 2013.  It was entitled, “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.”  A total of 19 witnesses testified at the hearing.  Chairman Boxer’s statement and the witnesses’ testimony are available on the committee’s website at:  http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=15d8775e-f02a-6ab7-1973-8ea6ce1196c7.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to rely on its existing authorities under the TSCA in order to regulate chemicals and make more information on chemicals available to the public.  Recent EPA actions under the TSCA are summarized in a separate article in this issue of ChemADVISORY.

References

U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee.  “Subcommittee Continues Examination of Toxic Substances Control Act.”  Press Release.  July 11, 2013.
U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee.  “Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Continues Examination of Toxic Substances Control Act.”  Press Release.  September 18, 2013.
U.S. Senate, Committee on Environment and Public Works.  “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemicals Threats.”  Press Release.  July 31, 2013.

See also:

TSCA Essentials
TSCA Services


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