July 27, 2015
The US House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan bill H.R. 2576, an update to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). A similar bill is also currently being considered in the Senate.
Although the House bill differs from the Senate Bill 697 in several ways, including a provision allowing states to continue regulating toxic chemicals as long as the state law does not conflict with the federal statute, both bills include:
- Establishment of a more nationally uniform regulatory system
- Requirement for chemical rules to protect “vulnerable subpopulations” such as pregnant women and infants
- Authorization of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to order new chemical safety data