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US Senate approves TSCA modernisation bill

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On 17 December the US Senate approved a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) modernisation bill. TSCA, which regulates high risk chemicals, now goes to conference with the US House of Representatives, which passed its version of the TSCA modernisation bill earlier in 2015. The Senate bill has over 60 bipartisan cosponsors, and was made possible after several senators dropped holds on the bill.

The legislations sets up a process for developing standards for high risk chemicals, and the NSSGA will work to ensure that concerns from stakeholders are heard during discussions about these regulations.

“With the recent passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which the Senate unanimous agreed to pass, Congress has a historic opportunity to enact the first major environmental law rewrite in decades,” said Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. “The overwhelming support of this bill shows the great need to responsibly update this almost 40 year-old law and direct EPA to ensure greater protection for American families as well as our national economy through a transparent and scientifically rigorous process. This bill creates regulatory certainty for businesses not only in the United States, but across the world.”

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