According to an article published on November 13, 2013 the U.S. newspaper The Hill Senators are optimistic to find a compromise to reform the U.S.’ Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Different Senators and the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) president Cal Dooley testified at a hearing which took place on the same day in the U.S. Senate’s House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. While support within the committee is generally big, democratic senators continue having concerns that the bill may preempt individual U.S. states from enacting their own chemical safety bills. The current law proposal is widely criticized by both environmental advocates and industry organizations. Environmental advocates argue that the new bill would curb the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to act on dangerous chemicals. The Republican Senator David Vitter, co-author of the current proposal testified on Wednesday’s hearing. Vitter argues that he is open for revisions of the proposal, but that the bill is the product of tough negotiations and should not be changed at its core.
Julian Hattem (November 13, 2013). “Lawmakers upbeat over chemical safety fix.” The Hill.
American Chemistry Council (November 14, 2013). "ACC to Congress: It’s Time to Update TSCA, Pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA)."