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Schrader Lauds Update to Chemical Safety Act Decades in the Making

Washington – Today, as President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576, Toxic Substances Control Modernization Act)  into law, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) praised the bipartisan bill which passed in the House late last month 403-12, before going on to pass unanimously in the Senate.

“Finally, we’re bringing the way we regulate chemicals into the 21st Century. Modernizing TSCA will give the EPA the resources, authority, and the clear guidance it’s needed for years to improve protections for public health and the environment,” Rep. Schrader said. “Not only will updating this bill provide greater protection for Americans from unsafe chemical exposure, especially to our kids, but it will also provide more certainty in the marketplace to help stimulate innovation and economic growth, while protecting good paying jobs here at home.

“Updating TSCA has been a priority for the Energy and Commerce Committee for a long time, and it represents what can happen when we put partisanship aside and come together to get things done,” Schrader continued. “Thanks to that willingness to work together, the public can finally have greater confidence in the safety of American-made chemicals.”

Congressman Schrader was a cosponsor on the bipartisan bill, and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee which unanimously passed the bill out of committee last year. Since the passage of TSCA in 1976, more than 80,000 chemicals have entered the market for use in commerce. Before this update, only 200 of those chemicals were still regulated by TSCA. This updated bill creates a new system for the EPA to evaluate chemicals in consumer products and manage their risks.