Senate Passes Bi-partisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Compromise (Update)


By voice vote, on June 7, the Senate passed a comprehensive, bi-partisan update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), two weeks after the House passed the same bill on a 403 to 12 vote.  The President is expected to sign the bill at a signing ceremony in the near future.   

IME, working through a large business coalition, pushed Congress to update the nation’s primary chemical regulatory law in ways that are good for the economy, consumer safety and health, and the environment.  The update will directly benefit the commercial explosives industry with a TSCA process that protects your business information and provides regulatory clarity, confidence, and certainty in the process. 

Over the past few months key members of the House and Senate worked behind the scenes to merge a House passed version with its Senate counterpart.  The strong bipartisan vote was foreshadowed when the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy strongly supporting the legislation. 

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act creates a transparent, evidence-based, cohesive national program that will improve the regulation of chemicals used in commerce and provide more certainty and confidence in the law’s regulatory framework. 

To read the House Energy & Commerce fact sheet on the legislation click here.