March 01, 2015

Fixing an “Outdated” Law: The Chance for Bipartisan TSCA Reform

Sean J. Wright

After more than thirty-eight years without substantive change, there is hope that the much-harangued Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s main chemical control statute, is on the brink of bipartisan reform. In the nearly four decades since its passage, Congress and many stakeholders have neither agreed on how the law has been interpreted nor on the effectiveness of the rules developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All sides, however, can agree on this: TSCA needs to be modernized to achieve its broad and laudable goal of preventing unreasonable risks of injury from chemical substances to health or the environment. Currently, with competing reform packages moving through the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the chance for change may be now.

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