• TSCA Reform 2015: A Tale of Two Bills
  • March 27, 2015
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), David Vitter (R-LA), and a coalition of 15 additional democratic and republican Senators, introduced the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (S. 697), a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.). On March 12th, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the “Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act” (S. &under;&under;&under;) , legislation that also is intended to address TSCA reform. The bills, which build on earlier legislation introduced in several past Sessions of Congress, are different in several key areas:

    • Proposed Safety Standard;
    • Safety Determination Schedule;
    • Minimum Number of Existing Substances to be Reviewed;
    • Preemption; and
    • User Fees.