November 13, 2013 Articles

The CSIA: Reforming the TSCA with Modern and Robust Science

By Paul V. Majkowski

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the primary federal law for the regulation and safety of chemicals, was enacted in 1976 and now, being nearly four decades old, has been the subject of calls for reform and modernization from consumers, industry, and regulators in recent years. On May 22, 2013, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), S. 1009, was introduced in the Senate with the bipartisan sponsorship of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA). (Senator Lautenberg had previously introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 (SCA), S. 696, on April 10, 2013; however, it appears that the CSIA is the bill now receiving consideration in the Senate, rather than the SCA.)

For the reader’s reference, helpful descriptions and comparisons of the text and provisions of TSCA, the CSIA, and the SCA may be found in the Congressional Research Service report, Proposed Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the 113th Congress: S. 1009 Compared with S. 696 and Current Law, as well as on the website maintained by the American Chemistry Council. For additional reference, see materials from the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works’ July 31, 2013, hearing, Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.

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