Today the EPA announced the first ten chemicals that will undergo evaluation and regulation under recent reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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.
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?