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Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Signed Into Law

Thursday, June 23, 2016  
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Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Signed Into Law
In spite of all the uncertainty in the U.S. political landscape, there is at least one sure thing: President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697) yesterday, June 22. The PCA supported this comprehensive legislation to modernize the 40-year old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in partnership with 150 domestic and international organizations.

The legislation creates a strong and consistent national regulatory system while promoting interstate commerce. The new Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greater responsibility, including the authority to subject all new and existing chemicals to safety reviews through a risk-based process.

Under the Act, the EPA will establish a transparent process to identify high and low priority chemicals for risk evaluation. The EPA is required to emphasize high priority chemicals using a health-based risk evaluation backed by sound science.

This legislation is a strong step forward in protecting the environment and the American people from potentially harmful substances. It also gives chemical manufacturers a clear blueprint for ensuring the safety of their products and we believe it will encourage innovation in the process.

The passing of this bill couldn’t be more appropriate for the pine chemicals industry, given our concern for consistent and risk-based regulation, and our focus on environment, health and safety (EHS).

To learn more about the bill, go to:https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/697/all-info

Sherry Keramidas
President, Pine Chemicals Association