IPC Applauds Congressional Action on TSCA Reform
IPC has applauded the U.S. Congress for taking the final steps toward passage of the Lautenberg Act.
IPC, Association Connecting Electronics Industries, has applauded the U.S. Congress for taking the final steps toward passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576/S. 697). The U.S. House recently approved the bipartisan compromise on a vote of 403-12, and the U.S. Senate is expected to follow suit, sending the measure to President Obama for his anticipated signature.
With input from its members, IPC has long supported reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which the Lautenberg Act would achieve. Most recently, IPC sent an endorsement letter to congressional leaders, and member company executives communicated with their elected officials in recent weeks. In particular, IPC applauds the bill’s provisions that strengthen federal preemption of state chemicals regulations, because uniform, science-based regulations are the best way to protect the public while minimizing barriers to interstate commerce. Additionally, the bill includes language sought by IPC calling for a negotiated rulemaking to reduce TSCA burdens on byproducts sent for recycling.
“Our industry strongly supports the goal of improving our nation’s chemical management system, and this bill is a big step in the right direction,” said John W. Mitchell, Ph.D., president and CEO. “A cost-effective, science-based federal regulatory program is essential to our members who work with chemicals to manufacture products for the global market. This bill is good for the U.S. economy and the environment. IPC commends the senators and representatives in both parties who worked together to achieve this landmark legislation. Together with our members, we look forward to celebrating its passage, and then we will continue to remain engaged in the regulatory process as this bill is implemented.”
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