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TSCA in the News

25 Nov Supreme Court to review toxic emissions rules for power plants - Indianapolis Star

25 Nov Green for Green: The Cost of Environmental Protection - ForConstructionPros.com

25 Nov Redwood City: Metal recycling facility to pay $2.4 million to settle civil case - San Jose Mercury News

24 Nov Groups alert consumers to toxic toysbeing sold in their communities - Legislative Gazette

24 Nov Taiwan approves rules for class 4 toxic substances - Chemical Watch (subscription)

20 Nov US Republican congressman to work for bipartisan TSCA bill - Chemical Watch (subscription)

18 Nov US industry: Canadian, EU regulations can inform TSCA reform - Chemical Watch (subscription)

10 Nov Chemical industry optimistic on energy legislation, toxics reform - The Hill

5 Nov TSCA reform can learn from Canada and EU, say academics - Chemical Watch (subscription)

27 Oct EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action - Bloomberg BNA

Introduction

June 18, 2013: On CHE’s blog, we report on recent significant developments in federal chemicals policy reform with the introduction by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) of a new, bipartisan bill called the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA).

The introduction of the CSIA has generated intense new interest in how to reform our nation's regulation of industrial chemicals. The question is whether CSIA is strong enough to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in a meaningful way. A range of organizations across the political spectrum has issued statements about the new bill. Here is a sampling:

Two established public interest groups, the Environmental Working Group and Environmental Defense Fund, have generated detailed analyses about the Chemical Safety Improvement Act and how it compares with the earlier Lautenberg bill (the Safe Chemicals Act) as well as to the existing TSCA statute: 

CHE will post significant developments here as they unfold. 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).

News: August 2013

Here are a few articles that appeared immediately after the July 31st Senate Hearing held by the Committee of Public Works and the Environment, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer.

More articles are are avilable through the Environmental Health News service and in the feed to the right.


Legislation: Current Bills

updated June 10, 2013

Past Bills

for reference:

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] (introduced 4/15/2010) Cosponsors (None) 

Chemical Safety Improvement Act from the Government Printing Office

Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 from Senator Lautenberg's website


Resources

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.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families articles and analysis, a cartoon spoofing the toxic chemicals lobby, and a "States in the Lead" area following activity at the state level.

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 Portal to Science. This searchable database of books, articles, databases, websites, videos and other resources lists hundreds of items, preselected here for those of most interest to lawmakers and other policymakers.


 

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