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Senate Introduces New TSCA Reform Bill

April 20, 2015

Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced the bill entitled “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” amending the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The bill currently has 18 co-sponsors, and the new legislation has been described as providing a predictable and transparent federal system for the regulation of chemicals based on the latest science.

The core provisions of the bill:

  • Strengthen the safety standard
  • Mandate safety reviews for new and existing chemicals
  • Strengthen protections for the most vulnerable
  • Set aggressive and attainable deadlines
  • Create additional requirements and set reasonable limits on confidential business information claims
  • Preserve existing private rights of action
  • Balance state and federal regulations

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