In 2016, after a years-long legislative process in which Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and our coalition partners took a leadership role, Congress passed a bipartisan update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA).
The final law gave 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.
Since LCSA was signed into law, we have been working to protect American families’ health by advocating for EPA to implement the new law with the strength that Congress intended.
Comments and letters submitted to EPA:
More information about the legislative process:
- 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