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Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Bill Updating the Nation's Primary Chemical Safety Law

May 12, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), on on a vote of 15-5. The nation’s primary law regulating the way chemicals are produced and used, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was passed in 1976 and has never been updated.

The new legislation, introduced by Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), would update the country’s chemical management system, TSCA, by creating a nationwide standard that will give companies the certainty they need to do business in any state.

It has garnered the support of 22 Republican and Democrat senators. Nearly 96 percent of manufactured products contain chemicals, but a patchwork of inconsistent regulations raises obstacles for companies doing business across state lines and creates uncertainty for business and consumers. The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment & the Economy will markup its TSCA discussion draft Thursday, May 14, with a full Committee markup to occur shortly thereafter, before the Memorial Day recess.

The discussion draft is expected to be introduced as a bill before the full Committee markup.

AFS has signed onto a number of coalition letters in support of the TSCA reform legislation and participated in a variety of Hill meetings.