U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY)

What They Are Saying

After months of hard work and collaboration between both chambers, last night we were able to pass the first major environmental reform bill in two decades…Its passage represents the latest example of how the Senate is back to work for the American people.

- U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY)

This bipartisan, bicameral agreement significantly strengthens EPA’s ability to protect Illinoisans and all Americans from these harmful substances.

- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Minority Leader

The legislation signed into law today is aimed at reducing the risks posed by toxic chemicals in the products we buy and the materials we are exposed to every day. We will work closely with both EPA and our state agencies in this mission to protect the public from these dangerous toxics.

- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

The reforms made by the House and Senate today will help to make sure South Dakotans and all Americans are protected from harmful toxic chemicals. They will also create much-needed regulatory certainty for businesses and manufacturers across the country.

- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Chairman of U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight

This law reflects the transformation in toxicity testing that PETA scientists have worked tirelessly to achieve.

- Jessica Sandler, Vice President for Regulatory Testing, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Frank Lautenberg would be proud to see his name on this bipartisan bill that strengthens and improves the Toxic Substance Control Act. It’s a fitting tribute to his legacy that health effects and environmental concerns will be top priorities when evaluating and regulating commercial chemicals found in everyday products.

- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

The new bill is both a health bill and an environmental bill—because these chemicals also enter our air and our waters. It is the result of a decade of work. It is the result of Republicans and Democrats reaching consensus. It is the result of environmentalists and the chemical industry sitting down together to figure out what each group could live with.

- Dominique Browning, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Force

As home to some of America’s leading chemical manufacturers, Delaware knows firsthand how detrimental our outdated chemical safety laws are on communities and businesses. We now have a bill that will finally ensure Delaware and the country has a regulatory framework that works for the 21st century by protecting human health and the environment, while also providing certainty and predictability for consumers and industry.

- U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

This legislation will improve public confidence in the safety of chemicals, create regulatory certainty for business and more uniform protections for American families. It allows us to take advantage of advances in technology and research to improve safety for consumers and the environment…Its passage represents the latest example of how the Senate is back to work for the American people.

- U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

Over the last several years, our organizations have offered input on TSCA reform, stressing the need to strengthen TSCA while still preserving the ability of states to act when chemicals present serious health and safety concerns to our citizens. We look forward to continuing this collaborative dialogue with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and all stakeholders to ensure that this legislation reaches its full potential.

- National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, and Environmental Council of States