On June 22, 2016 the U.S. President Barak Obama signed the reform bill modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. chemicals legislation of 1976, into law. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved a consolidated version of the bill in late May and early June 2016, respectively (FPF reported).
The industry group American Chemistry Council (ACC) “applaud[s] President Obama for signing this legislation into law.” The ACC highlights that since 2008 it has worked “to support bipartisan efforts to modernize TSCA in a way that ensures smart, effective chemical regulation.”
An article by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch outlines the implications of the TCSA reform for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Two further articles by Chemistry World and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Planet explain the TSCA version of 1976 and what the newly enacted updates mean for industry, regulators, and consumers.
Rebecca Trager (June 23, 2016). “Obama signs law to revamp US chemical rules.” Chemistry World
Colby Bermel (June 22, 2016). “Obama signs TSCA reform into law.” E&E Publishing, LCC
ACC (June 22, 2016). “President signs bipartisan TSCA reform, historic environmental legislation.”
Kelly Franklin (June 16, 2016). “EPA implementation of TSCA to be ‘enormous undertaking.’” Chemical Watch
Rebecca Trager (June 10, 2016). “Explainer: Toxic Substances Control Act.” Chemistry World
Rebecca Trager (June 10, 2016). “U.S. chemical regulations finally updated.” Chemistry World
Andy Igrejas (June 10, 2016). “Key takeaways from the passage of TSCA reform.” Safer Chemicals, Healthy Planet
Gayle S. Putrich (June 10, 2016). “‘Historic’ TSCA update nearing the finish line.” Plastics News