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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform

On June 22, 2016, the President signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends TSCA, the Nation's primary chemicals management law. The new law addressed several issues, including:

  • Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;

  • New risk-based safety standard;

  • Increased public transparency for chemical information; and

  • Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under any new law.

For historical reference as to TSCA, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Pesticide, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee, with the support of the Section’s Special Committee on Congressional Relations, in 2014 developed a variety of resources for TSCA stakeholders interested in participating in the TSCA reform debate. These resources promoted greater awareness, understanding, and dialogue on TSCA as the reform efforts were underway, and included:

  • Management of trade secret and confidential business information.

  • Development of federal pre-emption policies governing state tort law.

  • Development of federal pre-emption policies governing state statutes and regulation.

  • Development of appropriate legal standards to guide regulatory action.

Information regarding the changes to TSCA, and the 2014 historical TSCA reference materials, can be found on SEER’s new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page.

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the main webpage of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee. We are hopeful that you will find this page to be a bountiful source of useful information on the Committee and also generally regarding chemicals regulation. The webpage is maintained by our Vice Chair of Electronic Communications, Freedom Smith, and I urge you contact Freedom with any questions, comments, or compliments regarding the webpage.

With respect to comments and suggestions, the webpage is a dynamic product that can be readily revised. Therefore, all suggestions regarding additional content that may be useful are welcome. As currently constituted, we have included brief summaries of both upcoming and past Committee programming activities; there are also links to information regarding Committee leadership, a roster of current Committee members, and a link that facilitates becoming a member of the Committee. One can also access the current and past copies of the oft-lauded PCRRTK Newsletter. We also have modules that house basic legal resources and practitioners’ guides intended to provide useful information regarding chemicals regulation law. Some of this material is a bit dated, and we are in the process of updating these materials to ensure their relevance and utility. Please bear with us as we develop these updated materials.

Finally, I’d like to note the link to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page. As anyone with even a passing interest in chemicals regulation knows, this past summer Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg), and it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. Lautenberg significantly amended and altered key portions of TSCA. The TSCA Reform page contains outstanding content developed by our Committee members, and is a veritable font of information on the substantive content of Lautenberg, the implications of this law for chemicals producers, processors and importers, and EPA’s ongoing implementation activities. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the past, present, or future of TSCA reform.

Keith Matthews

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