Senate passes overhaul of chemical safety rules
ACC Lauds Passage Of Senate Bill To Reform TSCA.
The bill — the first update of regulations governing harmful chemicals in nearly 40 years — would offer new protections for people such as pregnant women, children and workers who are vulnerable to the effects of chemicals.”Today’s vote puts us on the doorstep of finally reforming an outdated law in a way that will build confidence in the U.S. chemical regulatory system, protect human health and the environment from significant risks, and meet the commercial and competitive interests of the U.S. chemical industry and the national economy. “A strong, credible federal chemical regulatory program is crucial for the American public and for small businesses, including U.S. chemical distributors, their customers, and the hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect workers they represent.”After years of significant contributions from the public health, environmental, labor, consumer groups and industry, the U.S. is now closer to updating the nation’s primary chemical safety law for the first time in four decades. After decades of operating under a poorly written law, the vast majority of industry stakeholders agree: TSCA is not working. “NACD thanks Senate leadership as well as Sens.
Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would update a decades-old law regulating chemical manufacture, transportation and use, after weeks of waiting under a hold focused on unrelated legislation. Frank Lautenberg that overhauls a 40-year-old chemical law intended to ensure household products are safe. “It’s the result of over three years of work and negotiation,” said Sen. The Senate approved the measure on a voice vote Thursday night with just a handful of senators in the chamber, as lawmakers prepared for a year-end recess. The bill now goes to the House, where a similar bill was approved in June. “This bill will create more regulatory certainty for American businesses and uniform protections for American families,” said Sen.
Members of both parties worked tirelessly to produce language that improves the process for evaluating chemicals without placing unfair burdens on industry. “Given the House’s passage of TSCA reform legislation earlier this year, we now urge both the House and Senate to quickly come together on a conference report to reconcile their differences and put a final bill on the President’s desk.” NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. This legislation demonstrates what is possible when stakeholders put their differences aside and come together to work toward a common objective. “We commend the Senate for an overwhelming vote in favor of this legislation.
NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. David Vitter on a compromise measure when he died in 2013, but efforts to advance the bill stalled because some Democrats, including California’s Barbara Boxer, had felt the New Jersey Democrat gave away too much to industry. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) that stalled an anticipated summer vote, as he insisted on attaching an amendment relating to the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) said on the Senate floor after the measure was approved. “I think, now, that Frank Lautenberg’s legacy has been fulfilled.” Sen. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nacd-lauds-senate-passage-of-tsca-reform-legislation-300195037.html Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire.
ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The bill would overhaul the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, which both environmental and industry advocates say is ineffective at regulating chemicals such as flame retardants in products including bedding, carpeting and clothing. ASSOCIATED PRESS Workers inspect an area outside a retaining wall around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, West Virginia. A conference committee will have to work out differences between the Senate’s bill and one that took a different approach to overhauling the TSCA that passed the House 398-1 in June.
The House bill differs from the Senate version in a number of areas, including a provision that allows states to continue regulating toxic chemicals as long as the state law does not conflict with the federal statute. Lawmakers in both chambers have struggled to find language acceptable to those seeking strong state regulation of dangerous chemicals while not creating a situation where industry faces 50 sets of rules for chemicals. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.
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