ACC praises Chemical Safety Act

Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), praised the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act and urged for the legislature to pass it on Tuesday.

The bill was introduced by Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA), and it provides an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that was passed in 1976.

"Stakeholders from [the] industry, environment, public health, civil justice and labor organizations have provided input over more than two years of negotiations, and this bill is the best and only opportunity to achieve a pragmatic, bipartisan solution to reform chemical regulation," Dooley said. "Importantly, this legislation will offer the kind of predictability, consistency and certainty that manufacturers and the national marketplace need, while also strengthening oversight and providing consumers with more confidence in the safety of chemicals."

The proposed bill aims to enhance protections for the public, ensuring chemicals that are used are safe to the public and environment. According to the announcement, this bill would be the first update to the original since its adoption.

The bill would subject new and current chemicals to go under Environmental Protection Agency review, and it would strengthen the regulatory practices and safety standards. The bill also allows private rights of action to continue.

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