US president signs TSCA chem reform into law

22 June 2016

Al Greenwood

President Barack Obama has signed a major reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation's 40-year-old chemical safety regulation.

His signature turned into law the reform bill, called the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Reforming TSCA has been a top legislative priority for many chemical trade groups, which have lauded the bill's passage through the US legislative chambers.

"The Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a historic bipartisan achievement at a time when such achievements are increasingly rare," according to a statement by Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

"It is the first major environmental law passed since 1990," he said. "Under it, chemical evaluation and regulation will meet new 21st century standards, which will improve the lives of American families, support American manufacturing and bolster US economic growth."

The bill had received what Dooley described as unprecedented bipartisan support, with both the US Senate and House passing their own versions. These two versions were then reconciled in a conference committee.

The House of Representatives approved the reconciled bill by a 403-12 vote in May.

The Senate was passed the bill later in June. The Senate voted by voice, so there is no record of who supported it.

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