Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
+1 212 318 2000
Europe, Middle East, & Africa
+44 20 7330 7500
+65 6212 1000
March 14 --The lead Senate proponents of reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act have been meeting regularly but do not yet have a time frame for attempting to move legislation, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) told Bloomberg BNA March 13.
Udall, the lead Democrat working on TSCA reform, said he has been tracking House legislation to reform the statute and said he feels “very positive” about the prospects of passing legislation to reform the 1976 law.
“The fact that things are advancing is a good thing,” Udall said. “I don't think we agree with everything that's in the House bill.”
The New Mexico Democrat took the lead in working with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in developing a revised version of bipartisan legislation to reform TSCA. Vitter and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced a bipartisan bill--the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009)--to modernize the law in May 2013 shortly before Lautenberg's death.
Udall said there was not yet a time frame for introducing a revised version of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act.
Efforts in the House have picked up speed in recent weeks. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) introduced a discussion draft of legislation to reform TSCA that would provide the Environmental Protection Agency with additional ways to obtain toxicity data and other information on chemicals in commerce and would direct the EPA to evaluate the safety of those chemicals .
House Democrats have been critical of Shimkus' discussion draft but the Illinois Republican said he welcomes suggestions for how to improve the legislation and hopes it will ultimately gain bipartisan support.
At a March 12 House subcommittee hearing on the discussion draft, Shimkus said the legislation would likely “undergo changes” as Democrats and Republicans work to “ find consensus” .
TSCA authorizes the EPA to collect data on new chemicals to evaluate and assess possible health and environmental risks, but does not require the agency to review existing chemicals. Reform proponents say few of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently on the market have been fully assessed for the risks they pose to human health and the environment.
To contact the reporter on this story: Anthony Adragna in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).