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SOCMA Praises House for Passing Chemical Control Reforms

May 25, 2016

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SOCMA Praises House for Passing Chemical Control Reforms

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) praised the US House of Representatives for passing reforms on the country's primary chemical control law in a statement Tuesday. 

The legislation, named the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, changes the way that chemicals are regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be mandated to create a process to assess the risk of chemicals currently in commercial use. 

"This is a truly historic moment for a major piece of environmental legislation. SOCMA and the specialty chemical companies that we represent have been longtime stakeholders in the TSCA reform debate," said SOCMA's president and CEO, Lawrence D. Sloan, said in a statement. "We applaud the leadership of Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and John Shimkus (R-IL) for their overwhelming success in improving the current law, while recognizing the need to protect chemical innovation made by SOCMA's members."  

Passed in 1976, the TSCA did not require a review of safety risks posed by some chemicals in use at the time. Under the new act companies will be required to disclose what chemicals they are producing and submit them to EPA risk review. The agency will designate a chemical as either high or low priority for safety assessments and determinations. If the chemical does not meet EPA safety standards, the agency will either ban its use, require that it is phased out, or create restrictions that requires the company alter the chemical so it complies with the standards.

For a more complete description of the proposed changes to the TSCA, read the Environmental Defense Fund's overview of the proposed legislation's contents.

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