Date: Jun 22, 2016
On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2576, the TSCA reform bill passed by Congress, into law.
The “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” is effective upon enactment, and therefore will affect currently pending actions (new chemical submissions, regulatory decisions, and “Work Plan” risk assessments). The new law contains detailed timelines for implementation, primarily related to launching the cornerstone provision of the new law under which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is provided broad authority to prioritize, review, and regulate “existing” chemicals in U.S. commerce. Enforceable deadlines are provided for by statute to keep programs operating at specified paces. Other highlights of the new law include:
The Agency’s announcement of the legislation and some of its immediate implications can be found at this link: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act.
President Obama making remarks prior to signing the TSCA Modernization Act into law on June 22, 2016. Mrs. Bonnie Lautenberg, the widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who led the drive for reform of TSCA in the Senate for many years before his death in 2013, is pictured standing near the President.
Photo credit: KNOE 8 News Monroe, Louisiana, knoe.com (courtesy of David Vitter)