Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

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Our nation’s primary chemicals management law must keep pace with scientific advancements and ensure that chemical products are safe for intended use—while also encouraging innovation and protecting American jobs.

Policy Background

On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) was signed into law after passing Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. Those amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) updated the law for the first time in 40 years so that it can better meet the needs of the 21st Century.

More effective federal oversight of chemicals will give Americans greater confidence that chemicals in commerce are being used safely and reduce the number of inconsistent state-based chemical initiatives that impede interstate commerce and send mixed messages to consumers.

Thanks to the 2016 amendments to TSCA, America’s manufacturers will have the regulatory certainty they need to innovate, grow, create jobs and win in the global marketplace—at the same time that public health and the environment benefit from strong risk-based protections.

The Updated TSCA Improves and Strengthens Our Chemical Regulatory System By:

  • Subjecting all new and existing chemicals to an EPA safety review
  • Requiring EPA to focus on chemicals that are the highest priorities for full risk-based safety assessments
  • Strengthening transparency and the quality of science used to make EPA decisions
  • Expanding EPA’s ability to require additional health and safety testing of chemicals
  • Allowing industry to request that EPA conduct a safety assessment on a specific chemical
  • Providing EPA with a full range of options to address the risks of substances including labeling requirements, use restrictions, phase-outs or other appropriate actions
  • Setting aggressive and attainable timelines for EPA to complete its work
  • Promoting cooperation between state and federal regulators while creating a strong national chemical regulatory system, ensuring interstate commerce is not disadvantaged
  • Strengthening protections for the most vulnerable like infants, children and the elderly
  • Protecting Confidential Business Information (CBI)

Implementation Priorities for ACC
Implementing TSCA to effectively regulate chemicals in commerce.

Implementing TSCA

Important implementation priorities for ACC are ensuring that EPA implements provisions of the new law in a fair, efficient and reasonable manner consistent with ACC’s 10 Principles for TSCA Modernization and ACC’s Principles for Improving Chemical Hazard and Risk Assessment.

Also visit ACC's Center for Chemical Safety Act Implementation to learn how the new regulations will impact you. 

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