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US House Passes TSCA Amendment Bill

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