This news update regarding the TSCA proposal under development is brought to you by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
There have been increasing calls for reform to the US’ main statute governing chemicals policy – the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – which has barely changed since its enactment in 1976. Despite recent progress, a divisive political fight has led to legislation grinding to a halt once more.
On 18 September, Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California who chairs the Senate environment committee, revealed details of a TSCA proposal under development by Senator David Vitter, the top Republican on her committee. Issuing a stinging critique of the legislation she also released a counterproposal that she said would better strengthen the current law and protect public health.
Boxer stated that Vitter’s TSCA proposal ‘falls short’ on the changes needed to improve the law. For example, she said that it would take at least seven years before even ‘a tiny fraction’ of the chemicals of concern are reviewed.
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