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Reaffirms Commitment to Working with Congress to Update TSCA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2011) – In testimony before a joint legislative hearing of the full Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley expressed the Council’s concerns with S. 847, the “Safe Chemicals Act,” and reiterated a desire to continue to work with Congress to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
“ACC strongly supports efforts to reform the 35-year old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),” said Dooley. “We need an effective and reliable chemical regulatory system that will instill in policymakers, our business partners and the public the same level of confidence in our products that we have.”
“In recent months, ACC and other stakeholders have engaged with bipartisan committee staff to discuss our respective positions about legislation to update TSCA,” he said. “Unfortunately, though, today we are discussing a bill that remains very similar to the bill introduced in 2010, which we consider unworkable.”
In his testimony Dooley outlined several fundamental flaws with the bill, including an unachievable safety standard, data requirements that would undermine the success of the current program to evaluate new chemicals, the creation of an overly burdensome and unnecessary minimum date set for all chemicals, and the lack of an effective prioritization process.
“We also believe that S. 847 would compromise the protection of confidential business information, inappropriately expand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority into the jurisdiction of other federal agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), further complicate issues surrounding national uniformity of standards, and fail to adequately consider animal welfare,” he continued.
“Even though S. 847 is not the answer, we remain fully committed to TSCA reform,” he concluded. “We believe we can develop legislation that will give consumers confidence, learns from the success and missteps of reforms undertaken by other countries, and fosters innovation and job creation.”
Learn more about the Safe Chemicals Act and TSCA reform.