Alexander Votes to Update Chemical Safety Law to Improve Safety of Household Products

Posted on June 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted for legislation that will help ensure the chemicals in the products Tennesseans use every day are safe. 

“This bipartisan legislation is the first major update to the Toxic Substances Control Act since its enactment 40 years ago. Consumers can rest easier, knowing protections are in place that ensure the chemical products we use are safe. This new law will also give Tennessee’s chemical industry, which employs thousands of Tennesseans, the long-overdue clarity it needs to better innovate and create jobs in our 21st century economy.”

The conference report for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which reforms the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 403-12.

The Toxic Substances Control Act gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to impose a number of requirements regarding the production, importation, use, and disposal of chemicals. There have been many new scientific advancements since 1976, and the law needed to be updated to make sure the regulatory process was working effectively.

This new legislation prioritizes chemicals for screening by the EPA and puts in place special protections for vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children.

Today, the Senate passed the legislation. The bill is now ready for the president to sign into law. 

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