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TSCA in the News

26 Sep Supreme Court Remains Skeptical of the ?Cost-Benefit State ... - RegBlog (blog)

25 Sep 3 Must-Ask Environmental Questions for the Presidential Candidates - Care2.com

25 Sep US News Tackles The War On Fun, And Other Ways Media Linked ... - American Council on Science and Health

25 Sep TSCA reform: What does it mean for worker safety? - Safety+Health magazine

24 Sep Germany Publishes Review of the Joint Research Strategy of the Higher Federal Authorities - The National Law Review

22 Sep Trade Secret Claims Scrutinized by EPA, Chemical Attorneys Say - Bloomberg BNA

20 Sep TSCA Reform Casualties Likely Start with Asbestos - Science 2.0 (blog)

20 Sep EPA Announces Deadline Extension for 2016 TSCA CDR ... - Lexology (registration)

1 Sep EPA Bans Mercury Compounds Under Reformed Toxic Substances Control Act - Environmental Leader

29 Aug Will Updated Toxic Substances Control Act Regulate Asbestos? - Environmental Leader

updated January 11, 2016


After years of pressure by nonprofits and others to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—an act that has proven highly ineffective at protecting public health since its enactment in 1976—both houses of the US Congress passed different versions of a bill intended to improve TSCA in 2015:

  • S.697 - A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reauthorize and modernize that Act, and for other purposes, also known as Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act or just Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, introduced by Senator Tom Udall.
  • H.R.2576- TSCA Modernization Act of 2015

These bills still need to be reconciled for a final vote by Congress, and it is unclear how long that process will take.

News and analysis of the bills

Adhering to CHE’s mission of providing a neutral and civil forum for discussing emerging environmental health science and its implications for potential policy decisions, we provide the links below to news coverage as well as analyses by several groups, some of which argue in favor of the Senate and House bills and others that oppose them. Though CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation, CHE’s consensus statement makes it very clear that we support the most health-protective policies based on the best available science. In this context, we provide these different perspectives simply to encourage readers to review the links closely and draw their own conclusions about the potential efficacy and impacts of the proposed bills.

Media Reports

Trade and Advocacy Group Analyses (in alphabetical order)

To closely follow the media reports on this evolving story, we recommend the Environmental Health News feed on this topic (of which the most recent items are displayed at the right).

Past Bills

for reference:

Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 from Congress.gov

The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 from The Endocrine Disruption Exchange website

Sen. Lautenberg Introduces "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" press release

S.3209 Safe Chemicals Act of 2010: A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ]


EPA Summary of the Toxic Substances Control Act

Environmental Health Legislation Database

US State-level Chemicals Policy Database developed by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

link to the New Solutions issueNew Solutions Special Issue. Through a collection of twelve articles, the issue brings together leading voices from academia, labor, environmental and public health organizations, and businesses to highlight the widely agreed-upon need for the development and use of safer chemicals in our modern society.

Chemicals Policy & Science Initiative reports and briefings. A series of publications from this initiative within the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production address several aspects of chemical policy. 

National Resources Defense Council video and fact sheets on 10 chemicals known to cause harm.

Environmental Defense blog articles relating to TSCA. On this blog, science, health, and business experts at Environmental Defense Fund comment on chemical and nanotechnology issues of the day.

Environmental Working Group Legislation page with analysis of and commentary on this and other legislation

Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Resolution

States join together to get rid the worst-of-the-worst chemicals

Other Links and Tools

Free access on the US Environmental Protection Agency website to chemicals listed on the consolidated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substances Inventory, new in March 2010. Information can be downloaded from EPA and Data.gov as a Microsoft Access file, CSV text file, data set or extraction tool.

US EPA Rulemaking Gateway: Toxic Substances. Rulemakings listed on this page are being developed under statutory authority granted to EPA by TSCA and other laws that apply to toxic susbstances.

CHE's Toxicant and Disease Database. This searchable database lists chemicals, diseases and the known links between them..


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