Enviroment and Public Works Hearing on TSCA
The Toxic Substances Control Act was signed into law 37 years ago. Unlike the Clean Water Act, which last October celebrated its 40th anniversary, and The Clean Air Act which last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of George H.W. Bush's landmark amendments to that bedrock environmental and public health statute, we don't celebrate TSCA (Tos-Ka). That's because TSCA, quite simply, has not worked. It does not provide adequate public health safeguards nor does it establish a predictable and workable regulatory framework for industry. I want to urge the chairman, my colleagues in both parties on the committee, and our distinguished expert witnesses who are here today to testify on this issue to use the opportunity the Chemical Safety Improvement Act present to finally pass meaningful Toxic Chemical Safety law reform. I think we all need to realize that further compromise on this legislation is necessary for us to report a bi-partisan TSCA reform bill, but that we need to use the framework that the C.S.I.A. provides to get us there.