TSCA Reform, Ready for Prime Time?
On April 16, 2015 Keller and Heckman LLP’s Chemical Control Practice gave a complimentary webinar on TSCA Reform. The webinar included a presentation, virtual strategic roundtable discussion, and question and answer session.
On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (S.697). While maintaining some key concepts and provisions, the bill would overhaul the manner in which “new” and “existing” chemical substances are regulated in the U.S. The bill modifies applicable safety standards, sets forth a safety assessment and determination process, requires EPA to prioritize and screen chemicals, and changes current TSCA premanufacture notification (PMN), significant new use rule (SNUR), and section 6 standards and procedures. As compared to previous legislation, S. 697 takes a different, more tailored, approach to federal preemption of state laws. Numerous deadlines are established, as are industry fees that would be substantially higher than current fees and cover a variety of activities. Confidentiality provisions are changed dramatically.