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ACC Urges Congress to Seize Historic Opportunity to Reform TSCA


Contact: Scott Jensen, (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2014) – American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley will testify tomorrow before the House Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy to deliver the message that the time is now for Congress to come together to move legislation forward to modernize our nation’s primary chemicals management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Tuesday’s hearing is an opportunity for the Subcommittee and interested parties to discuss a revised Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), draft legislation released by Congressman John Shimkus to reform TSCA. The hearing will take an in-depth look at a new version of the CICA that reflects lessons from a hearing on the draft bill held earlier this year, significant input from a broad cross-section of stakeholders and ongoing negotiations between Republicans and Democrats to refine the bill.

“We appreciate Chairman Shimkus’ continued commitment to this important issue, and we welcome the Subcommittee's efforts to work cooperatively toward meaningful, balanced reform,” said Mr. Dooley. “Consistent with ACC’s principles for TSCA modernization, the CICA presents a roadmap to legislation we could strongly support.”

Mr. Dooley will focus his comments primarily on highlighting the significant changes that have been incorporated into the CICA since its release in February. The latest draft of the CICA includes new language aimed to address the criticisms and concerns raised regarding the bill’s testing provisions, safety standard, lack of deadlines and approach to prioritization, among others.

In his testimony, Mr. Dooley will point out that the revised CICA expands EPA’s authority to require industry to provide more information and/or conduct more health and safety testing when it is needed, including to inform EPA prioritization decisions; explicitly provides that EPA base risk evaluations solely on health and the environment and not consider economic costs or benefits in these decisions; adds deadlines for EPA to take action on existing individual chemicals; and limits the prioritization provision’s preemptive effect by leaving in place any existing state regulations in effect when a low priority designation is made.

“A modernized TSCA will protect public health and the environment, while preserving the ability of American chemical companies to continue to drive innovation, grow jobs and compete in the global marketplace,” said Mr. Dooley.

“Congress has before it a historic opportunity to achieve balanced, comprehensive legislation that will update TSCA for the first time since the law was enacted nearly forty years ago,” continued Dooley. “We urge the Subcommittee’s serious consideration of the CICA, and we look forward to continuing to work with the full committee as the bill moves forward.”

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