Legislative update:

Implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and our partners took a leadership role during the legislative process of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, advocating the most protective and effective legislation possible to reduce the risks of toxic chemicals. Since LCSA was signed into law in June 2016, we have been hard at work continuing to advocate for strong implementation, for the sake of our families’ health.

See below for comments and letters we’ve submitted to EPA since last June:

October 16, 2017Letter about pre-manufacture notice (PMN)/new chemicals program
September 19, 2017Comments on scoping documents
July 25, 2017Letter critiquing scoping documents and problem formulation
May 24, 2017Comments on standards for small manufacturers and processors
May 19, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Trichloroethylene (TCE) in vapor degreasing
May 19, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Methylene Chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal
April 4, 2017Letter opposing extension request for NMP/Methylene Chloride comment period
April 4, 2017Letter opposing additional extension request for TCE vapor degreasing comment period
March 20, 2017Comments on proposed prioritization procedures rule
March 20, 2017Comments on proposed risk evaluation procedures rule
March 16, 2017Comments on proposed rule restricting Trichloroethylene (TCE) in aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning
March 15, 2017General comments on risk evaluation scoping process
March 15, 2017Comments on scope of risk evaluation for: Asbestos, Carbon Tetrachloride (CTC), Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), Methylene ChlorideN-Methylpyrrolidone, and 1-Bromopropane (1-BP/nPB)
March 14, 2017Comments on proposed inventory notification rule
February 6, 2017Letter opposing extension request for both TCE rules’ comment periods
January 17, 2017Comments on Pre-Manufacture Notice/New Chemicals Program
October 4, 2016Letter regarding Confidential Business Information (CBI) substantiation requirements
August 9, 2016Letter conveying recommendations for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under TSCA

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.

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