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TSCA in the News

29 Aug Guest commentary: Why leave toxic waste in Clinton Landfill above the Mahomet ... - LeRoy Farmer City Press

29 Aug Neoliberal Environmentalism's Dangerous Paradox: Why the Free Market Won't ... - AlterNet

29 Aug San Diego takes aim at Chargers' Carson plan - The San Diego Union-Tribune

28 Aug EPA Announces Availability of OCSPP Final Test Guidelines - JD Supra (press release)

27 Aug Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia! - Huffington Post

25 Aug The US Congress is finally poised to rethink its outdated chemical laws - The Guardian

21 Aug Why America's New Toxic Substances Legislation Is a Win for the Chemical Industry - VICE News

18 Aug Senate TSCA bill's authors confident of passage this year - Chemical Watch (subscription)

7 Aug ADAO: Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation Lacks Bite - Asbestos.com

5 Aug Even Your Couch Is Toxic, Senator? - Environmental Leader


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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