Yesterday the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. This is the third bill introduced in the past two years to reform and strengthen Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.
TSCA’s inadequate wording caused undue burden on the EPA, resulting in the testing of a mere 200 chemicals of the 62,000 originally grandfathered in and the partial ban of only 5 of those. The new Act would require chemical producers to provide greater information on the environmental and health risks their chemicals pose and gives the EPA greater authority to implement programs that reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, especially in underserved communities and hotspots. The Safe Chemicals Act would additionally create rewards for innovations in chemical production and assistance for chemical manufacturers in the increasingly competitive market for safe chemicals.
Yesterday’s hearing had bipartisan support and included testimony from various groups promoting TSCA reform to protect the health and lives of American families.
Click here to read our statement applauding Chairman Lautenberg and the other members of the committee who spoke so powerfully about the urgent need to enact chemical policy reform.