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:
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
- SCHF/NRDC Fact Sheet on S.697 and Imported Products
- Analysis of preemption issues in the House and Senate bills
Today, five environmental health groups called on the EPA Office of General Counsel to require Dr. Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to recuse herself from ongoing rulemaking on proposed bans of unsafe uses of three dangerous toxic chemicals.
With the possible exception of those stuck in the attic searching for a Halloween costume, we’ve all seen the havoc unleashed by the Trump EPA lately — the proposed rollbacks of commonsense safeguards that protect us from air and water pollution and that restrict exposure to toxic chemicals in our lives. This has real-world impacts, making our communities less safe and harming young children and the most vulnerable among us in particular.
Almost a year ago, using its authority under the newly reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA proposed banning certain uses of three solvent chemicals—methylene chloride (MC or DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) for paint and coating removal and trichloroethylene (TCE) for spot removal in dry cleaning and industrial vapor degreasing. Nearly a year later, the agency still hasn’t finalized these protections.
Despite outcry from more than 100 organizations and more than 145,000 Americans, Senators advance Dourson nomination to the floor.
Donald Trump has chosen a chemical industry consultant to run EPA’s chemical safety office. At Michael Dourson’s Senate confirmation hearing last week, one senator suggested that he’s “never met a chemical he didn’t like.”