WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Taking a significant step toward reforming our nation's outdated primary chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. House today passed the bipartisan "TSCA Modernization Act of 2015."
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement of support following this important legislation's passage:
"Today marks a pivotal moment in the years-long effort to reform TSCA. By approving H.R. 2576, the 'TSCA Modernization Act of 2015,' with tremendous support from both sides of the aisle, the House has sent a clear message that now is the time to update TSCA. We commend the House for what has been an unwavering commitment to this important national issue. In particular ACC appreciates the leadership of Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone, Subcommittee Chairman Shimkus and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tonko.
"H.R. 2576 will build confidence in the U.S. chemical regulatory system, protect human health and the environment, and address the commercial and competitive needs of the U.S. chemical industry and the national economy.
"Now the Senate must act. We strongly urge Majority Leader McConnell to bring the complementary 'Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,' S. 697, to the floor for a full Senate vote right away. Through the passage of S. 697 by the Senate, and working with their colleagues in the House, Congress can deliver a much-needed update to TSCA as well as a major environmental and commercial policy accomplishment to the president's desk for his signature this year."
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is an $812 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the nation's largest exporter, accounting for twelve percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council