Tiffany Harrington (703) 741-5583
March 4, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA (March 04, 2010) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its members have long supported processes where persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances receive priority attention in risk characterization, risk management, and pollution prevention programs.
ACC and its member companies have committed to a goal of minimizing potential human health and environmental risks that may be associated with PBTs. Through Responsible Care® and similar initiatives, ACC members have worked to make health and safety information on chemicals publicly available. Although not specific to substances with PBT characteristics, to date over 1,000 summaries with relevant health and safety information have been produced by ACC member companies, and are publicly available through ACC’s website.
ACC believes that now is the time to revise the 30-year old law that regulates chemicals in commerce. The chemical industry supports a modernized chemical management system that will restore public confidence in the kind of information EPA receives and how it regulates and tests chemicals – including PBTs. It is important, however, that any modifications to TSCA take into account the significant advances in PBT regulation already achieved under both domestic and international law. Modifications to TSCA must also reflect the most up-to-date scientific thinking about how to evaluate PBTs.
ACC and its members look forward to working with the Subcommittee members as discussions around PBTs and modifications to TSCA continue.
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