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THE WHITE PAPER TSCA Reform: A Timely and Welcomed Revision? Eugene M. White, Ph.D., M.S., CMFS W e had been anxiously waiting for many years. Most of us knew it would come, but we had no idea exactly when it would arrive, and there was much speculation on what the final draft would look like. And, finally, it's here! The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (revision of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act - TSCA) passed in the U.S. Senate (the House version virtually unaltered) on the evening of June 7, 2016, by voice vote (following U.S. House of Representatives passage of the bill by 403-12 on May 24, 2016). President Obama signed the bill into law on June 22. TSCA reform - a most anticipated piece of legislation - was named after the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and required and received strong bipartisan support. Many D.C. insiders felt it was not possible to revise TSCA in light of the constancy of political rancor in the halls of Congress, in addition to the revision's seemingly circuitous path to completion (a story unto itself). However, as they say, "never say never," because TSCA reform has arrived with sleeves rolled up and is ready to go to work. You hear a lot about chemical safety in manufacturing articles and that's a good thing, because we all want to advocate and implement safety policies for our workers, products and services. However, let's envision an anonymous safety officer who taps into the company's database and pulls up the corporate chemical safety policy and notices that the document was written and approved in 1976! Forty years old might be a good age for pricey chardonnay vintages, but it's rather unpalatable for a national chemical safety policy (with subtle hints of staleness and obsolescence). As might be expected, scientific and technical advances in chemistry and chemical industries will significantly impact health and safety over four decades, like the metamorphosis from rotary to smartphones (ever try to dial an app?). Consequently, the "old" TSCA had not kept in step with 21st-century chemical safety realities and, thus, I think you'll agree with me that the inclusion of these words into the title of the "Act" is highly appropriate. The 'New' TSCA For those of you who are interested in reading the entire text of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, I refer you to House and Senate Congressional bills H.R. 2576 or S. 697, respectively. You'll note that revisions to TSCA are quite extensive and, thus, I'll only touch on a few highlights here. In a nutshell: * TSCA's Section 6 now has "teeth" to enable the EPA to propose more rule-making on target chemicals. * EPA decisions will rely more on science to make decisions about industrial chemicals (a frequently discussed topic in ILMA over the years). * All new and existing chemicals are subject to an EPA review. * Industry can request the EPA to conduct a safety assessment of a specific chemical. * More chemicals are likely to be reviewed, but in a more systematic manner. * Confidential Business Information (CBI) is protected. Vol. 66 No. 8 * 40 * August 2016 Compoundings

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings August 2016

FROM THE CEO
FROM THE PRESIDENT
BOARD BRIEF
NOTES FROM NLGI
THE HEART OF ILMA
In Memoriam Mike Ryterski (1920–2016)
Radco Industries Promotes Brian Finch
Manufacturing Day is Coming! October 7, 2016
THE EVOLUTION OF GROUP II
VOICES & VIEWS
INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT
FOCUS ON ETHICS
FAMILY BUSINESS
RULES & REGS
POWER PLAY
LEGAL EASE Preparing for Brexit
THE WHITE PAPER

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