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Changes to US Chemical Laws

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In the United States, industrial chemicals—including chemicals in household products—are managed through the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although science has improved it’s understanding of chemical exposure since TSCA was enacted in 1976, the law remains unchanged.

Health and environmental advocates say the federal chemical oversight system is broken, and even the industry agrees an update is long overdue. But stakeholders can’t agree about how TSCA should be changed. The latest reform draft, the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), is currently the center of discussion.

On April 28, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce discussed CICA with House Republicans and the chemical industry saying they are pleased with the results, while Democrats and many public health and environmental experts are saying that CICA actually weakens public protection.

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