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60+ business groups call on Senate to support fresh, bipartisan TSCA reform

Earlier this summer, key Democratic and Republican Senators re-stated their commitment to create a new, bipartisan approach to updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It was a welcome development, led by Republican Senators Inhofe, Vitter, Alexander, and Crapo. Before that process could get fully underway, Senator Lautenberg abruptly chose to move forward on a [...]

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Jeff Stier: Look to Canada for ways to improve the science behind chemical assessments

Jeff Stier, risk analyst with the National Center for Public Policy Research, offered several interesting insights the other day regarding how chemicals are assessed and managed in different countries — pointing out there are lessons to be learned from our neighbors up north. Northern Exposure We agree with Stier that chemical management regimes in other [...]

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House Energy & Commerce Committee questions the science behind chemical risk assessments

Several members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee met with stakeholders from the regulated community last week to discuss the growing concern around the quality of the science used by the Federal Government and the adverse impact it’s having on U.S. economy. Committee members asked participants to share their experiences on how flawed federal [...]

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Without chemical trade secrets, innovation in America could become a spy game

When Procter & Gamble set out to develop a new detergent that would allow consumers to wash their clothes effectively in cold water, they turned to a unique, innovative blend of chemistries. But without a regulatory framework that protects the legitimate intellectual property of the domestic chemical industry, the product you know and use today, [...]

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The path to TSCA reform? Finding common ground

In his keynote speech to industry professionals at last week’s GlobalChem conference, Jim Jones, the acting head of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said that the key to updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is to find common ground. But the search for common ground won’t be advanced by continuing to [...]

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Indiana University report finds REACH unworkable for the United States, and for TSCA

As the debate on modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues, it’s important to look to policies and practices in other major chemical regulatory systems, such as those in Europe and Canada, to find efficient and effective ways to enhance public, industry and government confidence in how chemicals are assessed and regulated in the [...]

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EPA chemical risk assessment program, though broken, is not beyond repair

In the latest of a series of concerns regarding EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on Monday that EPA continues to face “both long-standing and new challenges” in bringing this critical part of our chemical regulatory system to working order. In other words, there is still more [...]

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Why chemical assessments stand to benefit from bipartisan decision from Congress

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the 40 year-old organization charged with protecting public health and safety using sound, scientific risk assessments – has itself been put under the microscope by the governing body originally responsible for creating it, the U.S. Congress. Presented with mounting criticism of the EPA, Congress took action last Saturday [...]

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ALEC approves ACC state model TSCA resolution during annual States & Nation Policy Summit

Representatives of the American Chemistry Council were pleased to present a resolution in support of modernizing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at this year’s States & Nation Policy Summit hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ACC originally drafted the TSCA resolution in response to mounting NGO resolutions containing unfounded health allegations [...]

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TSCA turns 35; chemistry industry continues to voice support for updating the law

The law that regulates the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), turned 35 last month, and we remain committed to updating the federal law so consumers can have confidence that the products they buy are safe for their families. Calling for bipartisan reforms to our nation’s chemical regulations system requires [...]

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