WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles T. Drevna, president of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, issued the following statement today on the introduction of legislation by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) that would dramatically change the Toxic Substances Control Act:
"We continue to support the responsible modernization of our nation's chemical safety laws. Nothing is more important to NPRA's members than the safety of the products they produce. Ensuring the continued protection of human health and the environment through effective chemicals risk management policy is vital.
"However, health and environmental protection need not – and should not – come at the expense of American jobs and the economy. If enacted in its current form, Senator Lautenberg's bill threatens to further damage America's already fragile manufacturing base.
"NPRA acknowledges Senator Lautenberg's efforts to exclude chemical mixtures from certain requirements and to incorporate some risk-based parameters into the proposed regulatory process. The draft bill, however, would give EPA unprecedented authority over the American economy, allowing the agency to make decisions on what materials can and cannot be used in manufacturing without requiring scientific justification for those decisions. The bill would also give EPA greater authority to force companies to spend enormous sums of money on animal testing, regardless of the likelihood or extent of potential human exposure to particular materials.
"While we appreciate Senator Lautenberg's desire to update existing chemical safety law, we believe an inclusive approach that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders is needed. We look forward to working with members of Congress from both parties towards legislation that will responsibly and effectively modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act while promoting innovation and preserving American jobs."
SOURCE National Petrochemical & Refiners Association