Recognizing the bipartisan cooperation of both Democrats and Republicans, the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) hailed President Barack Obama’s signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act. The new law represents the first major overhaul of 40-year-old toxic chemical regulation known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
ASC has been a leading advocate of TSCA reform for more than eight years and a founding member of the Alliance for American Innovation, a coalition of trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the economy dedicated to creating a more transparent and evidence-based chemical review program.
“Members on both sides of the congressional aisle with technical assistance from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found enough common ground to craft a bill that will allow the agency to make safety determinations on hundreds of chemicals while ending patchwork state regulatory activities that hamper American commerce,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “President Obama’s signature marks the end of the first chapter of this landmark chemical regulatory overhaul—now will begin the effort to make the new law work properly.”
“The Council looks forward to working with the EPA in the coming months as they begin the rulemaking process to implement this historic measure,” said Collatz.
ASC will conduct a webinar for ASC members only, providing additional analysis of the new law on June 30th with additional educational opportunities for detailing how this law will impact adhesive and sealant manufacturers throughout 2016.
To view a copy of the final bill, click HERE