Safer Chemicals: U.S. Senate passes the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform

The Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed by a unanimous voice vote

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After rocky road, U.S. Senate passes landmark TSCA chemical law overhaul.

The US Senate has passed the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, by voice vote, to regulate the chemicals industry.

This move will pave way for overhauling the federal regulatory law for chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).

The passage of the bill will set standards of safety, as well as strengthening government control in regulating all kinds of chemicals.

The bill, considered to be the first move towards drafting regulations for governing unsafe chemicals in around 40 years, seeks to provide a new set of protection for people, belonging to various quarters.

Sources and more information
  • After rocky road, U.S. Senate passes landmark chemical law overhaul, sciencemag, 17 December 2015.
  • US Senate passes chemical safety bill, chemicals-technology, 18 December 2015.

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