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AM Radio and TSCA Reform

TSCA Reform

Every generation believes the one before it had an easier or simpler life. Take some time and talk to someone much older or younger than yourself and talk about things such as technology or medicine just to see the differences in a span as small as five or ten years. Another example is entertainment. Long before the Kardashians, Reality TV. and the internet there was simply radio. Back in the early 1900’s there were only one option. That option was the amplitude modulation (AM) radio which was originally called “radiotelephone”. It wasn’t until the 1920’s when the “broadcasting” of voices and songs began. In order to hear these “broadcasts” people had to tune in to a particular station in order to listen. We still do this today but there are now pre-set buttons and digital numbers that make it easy. In order to keep listeners, the tag line of “stay tuned” was created.  This was a way for radio announces to tell their audience that more information was expected on a story.

So how does AM radio and “stay tuned” apply to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)? In regards to this regulation which has not changed for over forty years, something monumental happened. Officially called “H.R. 2576” this act is getting a major renovation. Named after long-time TSCA reform advocate Senator Frank Lautenberg from New Continue Reading…

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