September 01, 2016

TSCA amendments: Highlights and implications for downstream users of chemicals

Daniel E. Uyesato

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Act), a bipartisan bill passed by large margins in both houses, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Effective as of that date, the Act made substantial revisions in the regulation of chemicals in the United States, which by its terms must now be implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), subject to the challenges which EPA outlined in its First Year Implementation Plan for the Act. The Act received broad stakeholder support and reflected compromises acceptable to business and public interest groups. The following highlights the most significant structural changes to TSCA and identifies implications for downstream users of chemicals.

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