NCSL Applauds Senate Passage of Toxic Substances Control Act



Senate, House Will Now Craft Final Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. – The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

William Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures(NCSL), had the following statement:

“We applaud the Senate for joining together to unanimously pass this b-partisan legislation, and we eagerly anticipate a final bill that addresses NCSL’s concerns with state pre-emption and resource allocation,” Pound said. “Reform of TSCA is long overdue so that the federal government and states as partners have the tools to effectively evaluate and regulate chemicals for the safety of our citizens.

"With the House passage of its TSCA reform legislation in July, we now look forward to the two chambers working together to produce a final bill that allows states to enforce new and existing safeguards against a chemical in the absence of a final determination of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It should also provide adequate resources to help EPA carry out its testing and enforcement responsibilities.”

For details on NCSL’s positons on TSCA reform please see our September letter to Senate leadership

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.