Proposed TSCA Reform Should Push Industry To Be Proactive

Law360, New York (June 8, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT) -- While consumers typically believe that anything they can buy in the store has been government tested for safety, that's not always the case.

The Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law that manages the introduction of new and already existing chemicals in commerce, has been in effect and essentially unchanged since 1976. Its original objectives were to: (1) regulate already existing chemicals that posed an “unreasonable risk” to human health or to the environment; (2) assess new chemicals before they enter the marketplace; and (3) regulate all covered chemicals’ distribution and use. However, the TSCA’s risk assessment methods are outdated.

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