Regulatory Issues: TSCA Modernization

TSCA – The Next Ninety Days

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  
Posted by: Mark Collatz
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Before reviewing how the Senate and House bills address the legislative reform of Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), it is important to have an understanding of the law’s original scope and purpose. TSCA was enacted in 1976 to govern the regulation of all chemical substances in U.S. commerce.  The law mandates a process by which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can review new chemical substances before they enter the U.S. commerce as well as the significant new uses of existing chemicals as designated by the agency.  It can also regulate existing chemicals in commerce if it determines a presence of unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.  The law also requires EPA to maintain the confidentiality of trade secrets and privileged or confidential business information.




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