Blue Dog-Endorsed Legislation on Toxic Substances Passes House
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives resoundingly passed H.R. 2576, the Toxic Substances Control Modernization Act of 2015 (TSCA), by a vote of 398-1. The Blue Dog Coalition endorsed this bipartisan legislation as a commonsense reform of outdated regulations to improve chemical safety while boosting economic growth and innovation.
“TSCA was first passed in the 1970s—its high time Congress came together to revise and reform our nation’s chemical control laws which have been ineffective and confusing,” said Co-Chair for Administration Kurt Schrader, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “By advancing this bill today with such overwhelming support, Congress is showing that it can work together in a bipartisan manner to advance commonsense reforms that protect human health and the environment without stifling economic growth.”
The Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed TSCA out of committee. The bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to first evaluate whether the combination of hazard and exposure risks of a particular chemical warrants regulation, which would now include the analysis of economic factors.