Discussion Draft of TSCA Reform Bill introduced in House
As the groundbreaking bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), stalls in the Senate, Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has introduced a version of a TSCA reform bill in the form of a discussion draft, the Chemicals in Commerce Act. Click here to access the draft and summary.
SOCMA plans to review the draft with members and will be offering perspectives to the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on the draft bill. SOCMA has worked closely with this committee on what viable TSCA reform would look like for small and medium-sized specialty chemical manufacturers. The bill is similar to the Senate Chemical Safety Improvement Act but shorter. SOCMA applauds Shimkus and his staff for introducing a draft the specialty chemical industry can support as a vehicle for reform and creating a process that should keep a bipartisan conversation going.
The Senate bill, introduced last year by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), has 25 co-sponsors almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. Concerns raised by Senate Environment & Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have hindered the bill's progress, however, and it has not picked up enough steam to get through committee. Boxer has been working with Senators Tom Udall (R-NM) and Vitter to find common ground on the issues of preemption, Proposition 65 and civil suits although the bill still has not moved. Meanwhile, House efforts continue to pick up with the emerging discussion draft and subsequent hearings in the works.
Contact Dan Newton at (202) 721-4158 for more information on TSCA.
What Members Are Saying…
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