SC Johnson Applauds Release of House TSCA Reform Proposal
Draft Legislation from Chairman Shimkus is "Vital Step Forward" in Modernizing 38-Year-Old Statute
RACINE, Wis., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson, one of the world's largest household goods manufacturers and a strong supporter of TSCA reform, applauded the release of the draft "Chemicals in Commerce Act" by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
"We have long supported updating this antiquated statute," said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability for SC Johnson, who testified before the Senate Environment Committee in 2011 in support of modernizing TSCA. "The failure to reform our nation's primary chemical management law has contributed to a decline in consumer confidence in chemical safety. We are very encouraged that Chairman Shimkus has taken this vital step forward, and we hope that Congress will finally seize an opportunity to act this year, giving companies a modern regulatory process and consumers added confidence in the safety of the products used in their homes."
SC Johnson has pledged to work with lawmakers in both parties to develop responsible and workable improvements to the TSCA that will garner broad public and industry support and make the U.S. a global leader in chemical management policy. The fifth generation family company is committed to doing what's right for consumers and families that purchase its brands and products, such as Glade®, Windex® and Ziploc®.
SC Johnson Has a History of Doing What's Right
Working to safeguard the environment and protect human health has been a big part of the privately-held company's 128-year-old history, and examples include:
- 1955 – SC Johnson switched to water-based aerosols from petroleum-based aerosols
- 1975 – SC Johnson was the first company to remove CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) from all aerosol products, doing so voluntarily and unilaterally, three years before the federal mandate
- 2001 – The company launched Greenlist™, a patented, award-winning process that enables SC Johnson to use an environmental classification system to help green its chemistry
- 2009 – SC Johnson announced a broad ingredient communication program that was a logical extension of Greenlist™, designed to bring more transparency to its products by sharing product ingredients with consumers through a dedicated website, product labels and a toll-free number
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE®, and RIDSECT®. The 128-year-old company, that generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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