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Toxic Substances Act overhaul proposed

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., chairman of the Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduces legislation April 15 to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act. Lautenberg's Safe Chemicals Act, S. 3209, would require chemical manufacturers, if questioned, to produce data verifying a product's safety in order to keep it on the market. The legislation, which would likely effect a number of personal-care chemicals, including certain fragrances, also would require EPA to establish an interagency panel to select a priority list of 300 chemicals for regulatory review. Lautenberg called for reformation of TSCA at a Senate committee meeting in December (1"The Rose Sheet" Jan. 4, 2010). In a same-day release, the Environmental Working Group says TSCA is "riddled with so many loopholes that in more than 30 years, the [EPA] has been able to regulate only five of the 83,000 chemicals in use in consumer goods.

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