The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs chemical safety assessments and management, has been under attack by non-governmental organizations that contend EPA lacks the authority to review chemicals that have not been reviewed since the law was enacted 35 years ago. In 2010, proposals by two key Democratic legislators – Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) – were defeated. These proposals would have placed significant new restrictions on the use of chemicals in consumer products, blurred the jurisdictional lines between FDA and EPA, and impacted thousands of jobs.
In response, GMA has worked with our members and other associations to develop a bipartisan proposal that would: subject priority chemicals for review, provide more information to EPA regarding chemical uses and exposures for priority chemical safety assessments, set deadlines for review, ensure that EPA has adequate resources, promote innovation, recognize changes in science and technology, leverage chemical management programs in other nations, protect confidential business information, and integrate the patchwork quilt of chemical safety laws. In addition, GMA and the American Chemistry Council have forged and lead a large multi-industry coalition of more than 90 associations called the American Alliance for Innovation.