Obama Signs Critical Bipartisan Update of 1976 Toxics Substances Law

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 11:15 AM — The President of the United States Barack Obama today signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform the nation’s 40 year-old chemical management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), into law.

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Chair Landon Brown issued the following statement on the enactment of TSCA reform legislation

“NPPR applauds the work of Senator Tom Udall and the bipartisan group for this long overdue strengthening of TSCA that will now further reduce the use of toxic chemicals in our products and our daily lives.  We will continue to work with the US EPA, states and other affected parties to formulate an implementation plan that fulfills the intentions of the legislation.”

Many of NPPR’s active members have been working to help make these changes possible including NPPR Board Member, Ken Zarker, who attended today’s signing with President Obama in recognition of the state’s role in chemicals policy.

“It’s an honor to participate in the bill signing today,” said Zarker. “Preventing toxic chemical pollution is a key strategy in the new legislation.”

“We seek a collaborative dialogue with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and all stakeholders to ensure that this legislation reaches its full potential to make a difference.   The highly skilled national technical assistance community stands ready to help modernize our chemical management system in the U.S.”

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