TSCA Reform Proposed

A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has recently been introduced into the US House of Representatives.  The bill, cited as the “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010”, is meant to amend the 1976 TSCA legislation that ensures that the public and the environment are protected from risks of chemical exposure. Some of the key goals of the bill include:

  • establishing safety reviews and restrictions on chemicals that people may be exposed to
  • requires the chemical industry to share data with the EPA, which in turn can share data with other regulators, states and workers
  • encourages the development and use of safer chemicals and “green chemistry”
  • discourages the use of animal testing
  • The full text of the bill can be found at: http://energycommerce.house.gov