ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President Eric R. Byer issued the following statement on the Senate's overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation that would reform the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
"Today's vote puts us on the doorstep of finally reforming an outdated law in a way that will build confidence in the U.S. chemical regulatory system, protect human health and the environment from significant risks, and meet the commercial and competitive interests of the U.S. chemical industry and the national economy.
"A strong, credible federal chemical regulatory program is crucial for the American public and for small businesses, including U.S. chemical distributors, their customers, and the hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect workers they represent. After decades of operating under a poorly written law, the vast majority of industry stakeholders agree: TSCA is not working.
"NACD thanks Senate leadership as well as Sens. Udall, Vitter, and Inhofe for their efforts to shepherd this legislation through the chamber. Members of both parties worked tirelessly to produce language that improves the process for evaluating chemicals without placing unfair burdens on industry.
"Given the House's passage of TSCA reform legislation earlier this year, we now urge both the House and Senate to quickly come together on a conference report to reconcile their differences and put a final bill on the President's desk."
NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.
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SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)