EPA Must Adjust to New Toxics Law, Former Officials Say


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The Environmental Protection Agency will need to adjust organizationally to handle the “major expectations” new chemical legislation creates for reducing the risks posed by industrial chemicals, a former agency official said.

Jim Aidala, former head of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, told Bloomberg BNA the first few months of implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will be “chaotic in the happy sense” for the EPA.

“They will need to triage current chemicals in review and write rules to be able to accept industry fees before they can collect them and allocate them for use in hiring and for the program,” said Aidala, who is now a senior consultant at Bergeson & Campbell LLC.

President Barack Obama June 22 signed the Lautenberg bill, which overhauls the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since its passage in 1976. Now, the EPA toxics office can formally begin implementing the new law.

Bloomberg BNA copy editor Steve Gibb has the story for subscribers at EPA Must Adjust to New Toxics Law, Former Officials Say.