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On June 22, 2016, the extensive efforts of a large group of bipartisan legislators and diverse stakeholders over the last ten plus years culminated in the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, i.e., TSCA Reform. The newly re-tooled Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amendments significantly strengthen EPA’s authority to regulate potential risks associated with industrial chemical substances and mixtures. The scope of affected industries is wide, including chemical manufacturers (including importers), processors, and downstream chemical users in a wide range of market sectors, including consumer product manufacturers.
What does this new legislative construct, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ambitious plans to implement it, mean for you, as a consumer, a regulator, a regulatee, or a member of the general public? Why is there widespread support for this law and what were the major issues in the negotiations leading up to the law’s passage? How will TSCA Reform affect chemical commercialization, chemical risk assessment, and the responsibilities of government and industry? Are there any new liabilities for which affected industries should be aware and what new protections for consumers and the environment are expected under the new law?
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