WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Momentum for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) came to a grinding halt today when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) objected to a unanimous consent request from U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to vote on H.R. 2576, the "Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act."
In response the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement:
"We are sincerely disappointed that Senator Paul has decided to stand in the way of efforts to provide greater certainty and clarity to industry while holding EPA to strict accountability and transparency requirements. Senator Paul's decision to block final passage of legislation to bring chemical regulation into the 21st century is putting the brakes on common sense policy that will have far-reaching benefits for America's economy and public health. We hope Senator Paul will quickly reconsider his position."
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is an $801 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the nation's largest exporter, accounting for fourteen percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
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SOURCE American Chemistry Council