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PCA Supports TSCA Update in Letter to Legislators

Tuesday, March 15, 2016  
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February 29, 2016

 

The Honorable James Inhofe

Chairman

Committee on Environment and Public Works

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Barbara Boxer

Ranking Member

Committee on Environment and Public Works

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Frederick Upton

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Frank Pallone

Ranking Member

Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable John Shimkus

Chairman

Subcommittee on Environment and the

Economy

Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Paul Tonko

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Environment and the

Economy

Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Boxer, Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, Chairman Shimkus, and Ranking Member Tonko:

 

We are writing on behalf of the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI) to urge timely and comprehensive negotiations on a conference product to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). AAI is an alliance of trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the economy, businesses large and small. AAI represents many major industry sectors, all along the chemistry value chain, including aerospace, agriculture, apparel, automotive, building and construction materials, chemical and raw material production, consumer and industrial goods, distribution, electronics, energy, equipment manufacturers, food and grocery, footwear, healthcare products and medical technology, information technology, mining and metals, paper products, plastics, retail, storage, and travel goods. Updating TSCA so the law ensures the safe use of chemicals, encourages the development of new products, and protects American jobs continues to be a top priority for our associations.

 

As you know, thanks to strong bipartisan support, both the Senate and House passed TSCA reform legislation last year. Both bills, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, have strengths and have been publicly supported by AAI. The attached document, agreed to by the undersigned AAI members, identifies preferred outcome priorities. It is important to note that this document is not exhaustive of all potential issues of interest to the undersigned groups.

 

 Some preferred outcomes identified in the document are in the House bill, some are in  the Senate bill. However, TSCA is an extremely complicated statute, and care should be taken as you combine the two bills. In many cases, sections of each bill have been drafted to work in sync with other sections of the bill. Simply cutting and pasting sections of one bill into another without considering effects on the remaining pieces of the final product could be confusing and problematic. We therefore ask that you consider the attached document as a whole.

 

The members of AAI are committed to doing our part to help finalize a federal approach that will benefit all consumers and industry, and we strongly urge all of you and your bipartisan, bicameral colleagues to make TSCA reform a reality in the 114th Congress by finalizing an effective conference product as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

 Adhesive and Sealant Council
Agricultural Retailers Association
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Alkylphenols & Ethoxylates Research Council
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Aluminum Association
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Architectural Manufacturers Association

American Bakers Association
American Beverage Association
American Chemistry Council American Cleaning Institute
American Coatings Association
American Composites Manufacturers Association
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Fiber Manufacturers Association
American Foundry Society
American Frozen Food Institute
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
American Gas Association
American Institute for Packaging and the Environment
American Petroleum Institute
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
American Trucking Associations
APA – The Engineered Wood Association
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
Association of Global Automakers
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Auto Care Association
Can Manufacturers Institute
Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
Chemical Fabrics and Film Association
Color Pigments Manufacturers Association
Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association
Composite Panel Association
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Consumer Specialty Products Association
Consumer Technology Association
Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, Inc.
Corn Refiners Association
Council of Great Lakes Industries
Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology
Craft & Hobby Association
CropLife America
Edison Electric Institute
EPS Industry Alliance
Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association
Fashion Accessories Shippers Association
Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association
Flexible Packaging Association
Food Marketing Institute
Gemini Shippers Association
Global Cold Chain Alliance
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Halloween Industry Association
Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
Industrial Environmental Association
Industrial Minerals Association - North America
Institute of Makers of Explosives
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses
International Fragrance Association North America
International Housewares Association
International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers
International Sleep Products Association
International Warehouse Logistics Association
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Methanol Institute
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Association for Surface Finishing
National Association of Chemical Distributors
National Association of Landscape Professionals
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Cotton Council
National Council of Textile Organizations
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Fisheries Institute
National Grain and Feed Association
National Grocers Association
National Industrial Sand Association
National Lime Association
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Mining Association
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Pest Management Association
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
National Retail Federation
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.
National Tooling and Machining Association
North American Die Casting Association
North American Meat Institute
Oregon Women in Timber
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Personal Care Products Council
Personal Watercraft Industry Association
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Pine Chemicals Association
Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association
Plastics Pipe Institute
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
Polyurethane Manufacturers Association
Portland Cement Association
Precision Machined Products Association
Precision Metalforming Association
PVC Pipe Association
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Resilient Floor Covering Institute
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Reusable Packaging Association
Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association
Rubber Manufacturers Association
Snack Food Association
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Sports & Fitness Industry Association
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
SPRI, Inc. (representing the Single Ply Roofing Industry)
Structural Insulated Panel Association
Styrene Information & Research Center
Textile Rental Services Association
The Carpet and Rug Institute
The Chlorine Institute
The Silver Institute
The Vinyl Institute
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association
Toy Industry Association
Travel Goods Association
Treated Wood Council
United Egg Producers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Council for International Business
USA Rice Federation
Utility Solid Waste Activities Group
Vinyl Building Council
Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc.
Wallcoverings Association
Waterways Council, Inc.
Window and Door Manufacturers Association
cc: The Honorable David Vitter
The Honorable Tom Udall

 

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