The bill is a clear improvement over the current TSCA and represents a historic advancement for both chemical safety and environmental law. Consistent with the Administration’s 2009 Principles for TSCA Reform, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2576 would address flaws in current law that have limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health and the environment from chemical risks.
This commonsense reform of TSCA will now provide regulatory certainty across America that will support the creation of more than 700,000 new jobs and more than $293 billion in permanent new domestic economic output by 2023.
- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
When the ink dries on his signature, we will put 40 years of broken law behind us. It is a historic step forward that will improve the health and safety of every American family.
- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Lead Democrat Sponsor of S.697
While not perfect, the Lautenberg Act fixes the biggest problems with our current law…We look forward to seeing the president sign this landmark reform, so we can begin the process of restoring confidence in our chemical safety system.
- Dr. Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Cynics will say there’s no bipartisanship in Washington – well, today, we’ve proved them wrong. As of today, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is officially the law of the land, and the American people, the chemical industry, and our public health and safety will all benefit for it.
- U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Lead Republican Sponsor of S.697
Reforming TSCA has been ACC’s top priority since 2008. For the past three years, ACC and our coalition partners, the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI), have worked together to support bipartisan efforts to modernize TSCA in a way that ensures smart, effective chemical regulation.
- Cal Dooley, President and CEO, American Chemistry Council
Chemistry is vital for our quality of life and economic growth, and reforming TSCA is essential to guaranteeing that the chemical and materials industry in the U.S. will continue to grow in a manner consistent with our human health and environment.
- U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and John Moolenaar (MI-04), Co-chairs of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus
This bill was the most difficult bill I have ever worked on. Finally, we have a product that is better than current law and worthy of Frank Lautenberg’s name.
- U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will go a long way towards protecting workers who are exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals on the job, while at the same time providing greater clarity and certainty for America’s chemical industry which, in turn, will enable them to increase domestic manufacturing here in the United States and produce well-paid, middle class American jobs.
- North America’s Building Trades Unions
SOT believes the bill contains strong, objective, scientific underpinnings and will protect public health for years to come. We are heartened to see the inclusion of sound toxicological principles and risk concepts, including an emphasis on exposure as well as hazard, in the bill.