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United States Signs Chemical Safety Act into Law

June 27, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century. The new law updates the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), originally regulating the introduction of new or already existing chemicals used in everyday products.

The new law is the first major update to environmental legislation in two decades, overhauling the process for regulating toxic chemicals, and allowing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban substances.


Why It Matters
In addition to updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, it preempts state or local chemical restrictions except for statutes and regulations existing prior to April 22, 2016 and actions taken under laws in effect as of August 31, 2003 (i.e. OEHHA adding a chemical to Prop 65 list).

Placing stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles, the EPA is expected to start reviewing potentially toxic chemicals that are commonly found in households and businesses across the country: asbestos, formaldehyde and flame retardants.

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