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CHE Partnership call: Why the US Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market: A Conversation with Journalist Elizabeth Grossman
Wed, Dec 9

CHE Partnership call: Environmental Health and Complexity: Exploring the Ecological Model of Health
Fri, Dec 11

CHE Partnership call: Is a Health Study the Answer for Your Community? A Guide for Making Informed Decisions
Tues Jan 26

11/18/15: MP3 recording available: Brain Sex Differences During Gestation: The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

11/12/15: MP3 recording available: Predicting Toxicity: Silent Spring Institute's High Throughput Screens for Chemicals Related to Breast Cancer

11/10/15: MP3 recording available: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

11/5/15: MP3 recording available: Bringing Public Health to the International Negotiating Table: Environmental Health and the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015

10/30/15: MP3 recording available: Reducing the Burden: International Reproductive Health Leaders Call for Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, New Opinion from FIGO

10/21/15: MP3 recording available: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

10/20/15: MP3 recording available: Responding to Communities: Communicating the Science of TCE and PCE

10/19/15: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and the Release of Contaminants in the Arctic: Current Research and Potential Health Effects

10/13/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Mutations and Cancer

10/8/15: MP3 recording available: The Price of Pollution: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in Children


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TSCA in the News

1 Dec NRA Thanks Obama For Signing Pro-Gun Legislation - Daily Caller

1 Dec Livestock Falling Ill In Fracking Regions - Mintpress News (blog)

1 Dec 10 Lessons Learned From Attending Concerts Sober For A Month - Live for Live Music (press release) (blog)

1 Dec Ion exchanger in the brain: Quantitative analysis of perineuronally fixed ... - Nature.com

30 Nov Obama Signs NRA-Backed Bill Expanding Military-to-Civilian Gun Sales - Breitbart News

30 Nov Study shows some 3D printed objects are toxic - 3D Printing Progress

30 Nov Bill passes that prevents EPA from classifying ammunition components as toxic - Examiner.com

12 Nov Chances Dimming for TSCA Vote, Cornyn Says - Bloomberg BNA

6 Nov ?Excuse Me, Sir, Are There Chemicals in That?? Why TSCA Reform Needs to ... - The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

6 Nov Sen. Murphy Urges EPA to Help Schools Combat Toxic PCBs - WNPR News


In June 2013 we reported on CHE’s blog on 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 bipartisan bill called the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA).

In March 2015 two new bills have been introduced in Congress. 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).

Legislation: Current Bills

updated March 18, 2015

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]

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.

S.725 - A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act and for other purposes, also known as the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer.


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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