Senate holds hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee held a hearing on S. 847, sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). This bill would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 by requiring chemical companies to demonstrate the safety of industrial chemicals and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate safety based on the best available science. Currently, TSCA greatly limits the EPA’s ability to require safety testing or regulate a chemical. As a result, EPA has been able to require testing for only about 200 chemicals out of more than 80,000 in its inventory. The Arc supports the Safe Chemical Act which would help to reduce exposures to chemicals that are increasingly being linked to cancer, birth defects, learning and behavioral problems, infertility, asthma, and nervous system disorders. Visit the Environment and Public Works committee website for written statements and an archived webcast of the hearing. Learn more at Safer Chemicals, Healthier Communities, a diverse coalition of organizations of which The Arc is a member.
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