Committee Releases Bipartisan TSCA Modernization Act, Markup This Week
WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today unveiled a new draft of the TSCA Modernization Act and announced a subcommittee markup on the legislation for this week. The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a markup on Thursday, May 14, 2015, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The TSCA Modernization Act is backed by Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-NY), full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ). The legislation seeks to reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act to help improve chemical safety and management. The TSCA Modernization Act will allow EPA to better evaluate and manage risks associated with chemicals already on the market, protecting public health and the environment and giving the public greater confidence in American-made chemicals and the products that contain them. The legislation also provides much-needed clarity to manufacturers and helps facilitate interstate and global commerce.
"Our nation’s chemical management system has long been broken. The time to fix it is now. We have all spent a great deal of time studying the law and negotiating solutions, and we have reached a strong bipartisan agreement that works to improve both chemical safety and commerce," said Shimkus, Tonko, Upton, and Pallone. "This is an opportunity to make meaningful reforms that will enhance consumer protections and strengthen our economy. We look forward to advancing this important bill and finally seeing TSCA reform signed into law."
To view an updated draft of the legislation, click HERE.
To view a summary of the legislation, click HERE.
A background memo, amendments, and votes will be available HERE as they are posted.