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Draft "TSCA Modernization Act of 2015" represents significant
progress toward TSCA reform this year

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2015) - American Chemistry Council Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs  Mike Walls testified today before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy in support of the bipartisan discussion draft of the "TSCA Modernization Act of 2015." The draft seeks to modernize key aspects of our nation's primary chemicals management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) . It was released last week by Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus in an effort supported by Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone.

"We commend Subcommittee Chairman Shimkus, Committee Chairman Upton and Committee Ranking Member Pallone for their continued commitment to this important issue, and we welcome the Subcommittee's efforts to work cooperatively toward achieving meaningful updates to TSCA," said Mr. Walls. "The draft 'TSCA Modernization Act of 2015' represents significant progress toward the objective of TSCA reform this year."

Mr. Walls highlighted many of the ways the draft bill specifically addresses key issues and questions that have been raised by stakeholders in the long debate on TSCA reform. For example,  Mr. Walls's testimony outlined the following measures in the draft bill: mandates that risk evaluations be made only on the basis of health and environmental considerations; ensures that potentially exposed subpopulations are fully considered in evaluating the risks of priority chemicals under their intended conditions of use and in any necessary risk management measures; strengthens EPA's ability to require the generation of new information on chemicals; requires EPA to make decisions on the basis of the best available scientific information and on the basis of the weight of the evidence; and works towards balancing the interests of the state and federal governments by establishing a robust national chemical regulatory program and maintaining the ability of state governments to act when EPA has not.

"ACC and its  member companies look forward to working with Chairman Shimkus and other Subcommittee members to ensure that Congress adopts, and the President signs into law, TSCA reforms that build confidence in the U.S. chemical regulatory system, protect human health and the environment from significant risks, and meet the commercial and competitive interests of the U.S. chemical industry and the national economy," said Mr. Walls.


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