The US EPA is tightening chemical regulation even before TSCA Reform, Squire Patton Boggs attorney Steve Owens writes in this article, which was recently published in Speciality Chemicals magazine.
In June, the US House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Senate will also soon vote on a TSCA reform bill. If a “modernized” TSCA eventually becomes law, the regulation of chemicals in the US could be changed dramatically.
The importance of TSCA reform legislation cannot be overstated. But the steps that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) already is taking to tighten chemical regulation in the US should not be overlooked. Even in the absence of a revised TSCA statute, the EPA has already begun to prioritize chemicals for review, conduct chemical risk assessments and impose new restrictions on chemicals to ensure their safe use – just as the TSCA reform bills in Congress would require it to do.
The article has been reproduced with permission from Speciality Chemicals magazine.