Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
The House passed an amended version of H.R. 2576 on May 24, 2016. On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the bill and on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed it into law, marking the end of a very long and difficult process. The final bill gives EPA important new powers to require chemical testing and to take action to restrict priority chemicals. The pace will be slow, however, and the bill has other limitations. It is important for the public to remain engaged as EPA implements the new reforms.
- Abbreviated Guide to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
- Our August 2016 coalition letter recommending the first ten chemicals the EPA should evaluate
- Our Director’s blog analyzing the May 20 Rules Committee print of H.R. 2576
- The letter from our coalition to Congressional leadership outlining our concerns with the House and Senate bills
- Our Director’s blog discussing the conference of the House and Senate bills
- Former EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Sussman’s dissection of provisions on new chemicals
- SCHF/NRDC Fact Sheet on S.697 and Imported Products
- Analysis of preemption issues in the House and Senate bills
Today EPA identified five chemicals that will receive “expedited action” under the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.
Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a wide margin.
Quite frankly, the stories from Flint are hard to hear. It’s outrageous that families in Flint are charged some of the highest water bills in the nation for water that they can’t use. It’s unthinkable to most that the lead contamination crisis that began in Flint more than two years ago has not been “solved” by now. It’s unconscionable that Flint families are in the third year of being unable to turn on the faucet and get a drink of water.
EPA’s first major decision under the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform law is the choice of which chemicals to review first. The law requires that the agency choose at least ten chemicals from its existing Work Plan list within 180 days of enactment.
This morning, President Obama will sign H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, into law. The legislation to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) passed the Senate earlier this month.