EPA Moves Ahead With TSCA Regs Despite Limitations

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 5:31 PM EST) -- After many years of inaction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is once again using the Toxic Substances Control Act to regulate allegedly harmful chemicals — but any major reforms will still have to come from Congress, experts say.

The TSCA, a 35-year-old law that has never been amended, has long drawn criticism for its perceived failure to arm the EPA with sufficient authority to request information on new and existing chemicals or to challenge their purported safety.

As a result of these limitations, the agency has...
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