Revisiting the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, February 26, 2009 [open pdf - 11MB]
From the opening statement of Bobby L. Rush: "In this regard, our first hearing of the 111th Congress is an ambitious one and represents a new addition to the subcommittee's vast jurisdiction. Today's hearing will explore the major issues surrounding the Toxic Substances Control Act, also known as TSCA. TSCA was enacted in 1976 and originally consisted of one title, which today remains at the heart of the statute. While Congress over the years has added additional titles to TSCA addressing individual chemicals and substances, Congress has done very little with regard to Title I. TSCA and Title I have never been reauthorized nor has it been reformed, and very little oversight has been conducted on the statute's effectiveness. Today I hope to start a deliberative process that reverses this Congressional inaction of the past. By most accounts, TSCA is badly in need of reform. While opinions may vary on the degree and nature of the reforms needed, there is a broad consensus among a diversity of stakeholders that TSCA needs to be reexamined. The scope of TSCA is very broad and its intent is indeed very ambitious. TSCA is meant to provide adequate data on potential health and environmental risk of all chemical substances and mixtures in the United States. Furthermore, the statute is supposed to provide EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] with adequate regulatory tools to protect the public from unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. It is unfortunate that the statute has seemingly been a failure on both of these basic policy goals and objectives. Critics contend that TSCA has failed to generate data on the health risks of approximately 80,000 chemicals currently in use and the approximately 700 new chemicals that are introduced into commerce each and every year." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bobby L. Rush, George Radanovich, Janice D. Schakowsky, Lee Terry, John Sarbanes, Tim Murphy, Phil Gingrey, Zachary T. Space, Henry A. Waxman, Bruce L. Braley, Cliff Stearns, John D. Dingell, John Stephenson, J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Maureen Swanson, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Michael Wright, Richard Denison, Kathy Gerwig, Cal Dooley, V.M. (Jim) Delisi, Charles T. Drevna, David Littell, John E. Baldacci, and Stuart Eizenstat.
Serial No. 111-7
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