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U.S Senate Updates Legislation

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The U.S. Housed passed a bill to update the TSCA, which governs the use of chemicals in consumer products, followed by the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the legislation, and will soon be sent to President Obama, whom is expected to sign this update into law.

This legislation includes a “grandfather” provision allowing state chemical laws or regulations that were already in place before 4/22/2016, (such as CA’s Prop 65) to remain in place. States will still be able to target specific chemicals, but the EPA will preempt any previous action that as occurred after 4/22/2016. Pending actions will need to wait for EPA review. This may take several years to be able to implement this new legislation. ISPA will be involved with this work and will provide updates. More from ISPA