TSCA Reform and 21st Century Chemical Safety

Posted - August 8, 2016

TSCA Reform and 21st Century Chemical Safety

By: Warren Hoppmeyer, Senior Director, Transplace

The American Chemical Council (ACC) and many other industry, environment and public health groups have worked relentlessly for years to make changes to the 40-year old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Passed in 1976, TSCA gave the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the ability to regulate chemicals in commerce.

But over time, as the industry progressed, TSCA became stuck in the 20th century in terms of chemical safety – with some states deciding to enact regulation stricter than federal law and further fragmenting an already inconsistent and complex industry.

The passing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act” or LCSA) simplified regulation across all 50 states and created a much needed national chemical regulatory system. How does this law protect businesses and consumers? In three big areas, says the ACC. The LCSA:

  1. Protects Americans’ health and our environment
  2. Supports economic growth and manufacturing in the U.S.
  3. Promotes America’s role as the world’s leading innovator

According to the ACC, 96% of all manufactured goods are touched by chemistry and the business represents an $801B enterprise employing over 800,000 people across the country. Any change in chemical regulation is going to directly impact the economy. Fortunately, LCSA will help provide greater transparency so businesses and Americans have greater confidence in the safety of the products they use every day.

Most recently, on July 22 the EPA issued the risk determinations for four new chemicals it has reviewed under the new standards prescribed by the LCSA.

To learn more about LCSA and how it supports safety, economic growth and innovation, visit https://www.americanchemistry.com/LCSA-Learn-More.pdf