Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
With rumors swirling that the Senate could call a vote very soon on S.697, the Vitter-Udall chemical bill, four governors are raising fresh concerns about the bill, even as they encourage Congress to pass reform.
TSCA has been untouched and unchanged – until now. While an updated TSCA could yield incredibly beneficial health and safety advantages, the proposed legislation as written is actually an irreversible rollback – not reform.
A striking difference between the Senate and House bills is their length. But does a “comprehensive” bill necessarily mean a better chemical safety program?
H.R. 2576, which passed the House on June 23, retains section 5 in its current form. S. 697, reported out of committee on April 28, would rewrite section 5. Once the Senate acts on TSCA reform, the process of reconciling the two bills will begin. How critical are the Senate’s new chemical provisions in enhancing TSCA’s public health protections? And how much weight they should receive in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the two bills?
The Senate bill would preempt states earlier, creating a regulatory “void,” in which neither federal or state governments can restrict chemicals.
What’s in it? What’s next?
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act by a whopping 398 to 1 vote.
The House unveiled a new version of the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576) last week and it will be voted on by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow. We’ve generally been positive about the direction of this effort, in spite of the problems in the original discussion draft for a few reasons: The […]
Last week, members of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition celebrated the more activist origins of Mothers Day by telling members of Congress that the best gift for moms (and the people who love them) would be to protect our families from toxic chemicals.
A new discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act was unveiled late yesterday by Chairman Shimkus (R-IL) with the imprimatur as well of Chairman Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Pallone (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Tonko (D-NY). The new draft is a significant step toward a version of TSCA reform that can enjoy broad support. It’s not […]
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. All across the US, mothers were treated to breakfasts, gifts, outings, and a potpourri of goodies- I hope so! I’m sure Sunday was a real treat. But this year, let’s honor mothers in a way that endures beyond one Sunday in May. Our movement is filled with very active and concerned […]