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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is already moving quickly to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA), and here at ACC we have been actively engaged with the Agency in the implementation process.
In early August, EPA held a series of public meetings on the LCSA to discuss the first rules the Agency is to develop under the new law. The first stakeholder meetings were important in that they allowed input prior to the drafting of regulations. Stakeholders like ACC were able to engage with the Agency to discuss the importance of properly implementing the new law in an objective and transparent way and using the best available and highest quality science to draw conclusions about a chemical’s safety.
We believe these rules are critical to ensure that the law is meeting its goal of reassuring Americans that chemicals in the marketplace have undergone a safety review.
During the stakeholder meetings ACC outlined:
As a follow-up to these meetings, ACC submitted written comments that clarify and extend our remarks. In particular, ACC’s written comments clarify our views on how the Agency should develop the rules, especially for addressing the scientific provisions of LCSA in adequate detail in the regulations.
ACC’s written comments are summarized below.
The development of these rules in collaboration with stakeholders is vital to the success of the new law. Proper implementation will incorporate the key science provisions of the LCSA, promote transparency and stakeholder input and ensure that Americans can trust that the products of chemistry are safe for their intended uses.
Stakeholders can expect EPA to propose rules on these issues by mid-December 2016 and make them final by June 2017.
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