S.1009, The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 13, 2013   [open pdf - 9MB]

This is the November 13, 2013 hearing, "The Chemical Safety Improvement Act," before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, . From the opening statement of John Shimkus: "Today we hold our fourth hearing of 2013 on the Toxic Substance Control Act [TSCA]. We welcome our witnesses, including a couple of former House guys; Senator Vitter and Senator Udall, as well as Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator of the EPA, and some of the important stakeholders in this discussion. Until more recently, TSCA was one of the least understood Federal environmental laws, but it is one of the most important environmental protections laws that we have. It governs chemical substances, mixtures and articles from the time they are invented, all the way through the stream of commerce. Our hearings have been very instructive. They have given us a chance to dig into the nuts and bolts of this complex body of law. Among other aspects of the law, we studied approval of new chemicals, regulation of existing chemicals, protection of confidential business information, and the value of a seamless integrated U.S. market for chemicals and products that contain them. We have gotten the perspective of learned experts in the practice of TSCA law, former EP officials experienced in what works and what doesn't work in the law's administration, State environmental control officials, downstream product manufacturers, and citizen activists. As we will hear firsthand in just a few minutes, a lot of thought and hard work has also gone into TSCA on the other side of the Capitol. Earlier this year, Senator Vitter and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, with strong bipartisan support, introduced Senate Bill 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. Its reform, if enacted, will represent the most sweeping set of changes to TSCA since the Ford administration." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Shimkus, Paul Tonko, John D. Dingell, Fred Upton, Henry A. Waxman, David Vitter, Tom Udall, James Jones, Cal Dooley, Ernest Rosenberg, Richard A. Denison, Dean C. Garfield, Andy Igrejas, and Wendy E. Wagner.

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