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July 30 – US: Changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act

From Food Safety News:

The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, H.R. 5820, introduced last week by Reps. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), seeks to reform the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, enacted under President Ford in 1976.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based consumer and environmental advocacy group, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act would make a number of significant changes in the current approach to chemical regulation, including:

-Establishing a framework to ensure that all chemicals to which the American people are exposed are reviewed for safety and restricted where necessary to protect public health and the environment.

-Requiring the chemical industry to develop and provide to the Environmental Protection Agency essential safety data, and improving EPA’s authority to compel safety testing where necessary.

-Ensuring that non-confidential information about chemicals submitted to EPA is readily available to the public and that critical confidential information is shared among regulators, state officials, and workers in the industry.

-Establishing an expedited process enabling EPA to reduce exposure to chemicals that are known to be persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.

-Promoting research to advance understanding of children’s vulnerability to the harms of chemicals.

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