Ask your Senator to Support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
The use of chemistry is fundamental to our everyday life, from the clothes we wear to the medicines that keep us healthy. Yet, TSCA is nearly 40 years old and everyone agrees that we need to modernize the law in order to harness the advances in science and technology and to give consumers greater confidence in the safety of chemicals.
While chemical makers invest significant resources to study and test their products, Americans also need to feel confident that the federal regulatory system is working to protect their families and the environment.
The primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—was passed in 1976 and provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. TSCA was designed to ensure that products are safe for intended use. While the law created a robust system of regulations, over time, confidence in EPA’s regulation of chemicals has eroded.
This lack of confidence has created pressure on individual state legislatures to create their own chemicals management laws and on retailers to pull products from the shelves, often based on the claims of activists rather than scientific conclusions.
As a result, the regulatory landscape and marketplace have become fractured and contradictory in some cases. After decades of implementation, it has become apparent that TSCA needs updating to reflect advances in science and technology, as well as today’s public expectations of vigorous government oversight.
This new 114th Congress presents the best opportunity in nearly four decades to finally meet our goal. We need your help. Please reach out to your elected officials today and tell them to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act!