Bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), comprehensive reform, the right approach
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement regarding today's hearing held by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to consider S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (CSIA):
"ACC strongly believes that it is time to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) so the public can have greater confidence in the safety of chemicals. The bipartisan, comprehensive Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) strengthens our nation's chemical regulatory program and improves safety for American workers and consumers, while promoting innovation and job creation in the U.S.
"For too long, efforts to reform TSCA have languished in Congress due to an inability of previous proposals to garner bipartisan support. With 25 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle already on the bill, the CSIA represents – for the first time – a historic opportunity to act on behalf of the American people, American innovators and American businesses. We should not let this opportunity pass us by.
"ACC urges the Senate to move the CSIA forward and to enact it to achieve much needed TSCA reform."
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 a $770 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for twelve 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.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council