President Signs TSCA Amendments

June 22, 2016

President Obama has signed into law amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”). This move, coming after bipartisan efforts in Congress to reform the forty-year-old law, provides authority for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to evaluate new and existing chemicals against new, risk-based standards that take into account impacts on vulnerable populations. The EPA also has new authority to require chemical testing and information collection, and new funding to carry out these responsibilities. A Congressional compromise limiting federal preemption of state programs paved the way for today’s signing. 

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