WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 is "an improvement over the status quo and a promising vehicle for a bipartisan solution" to Toxic Substance Control Act reform, Dr. Beth D. Bosley said this morning during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
Bosley, President of Boron Specialties, a specialty chemical manufacturer and woman-owned business in Pittsburgh, PA, once again testified before the committee on behalf of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.
During her testimony, Bosley expressed support for the draft's improvements to existing chemicals. "While the new chemicals program has worked well, the same cannot be said about existing chemicals," she said.
Bosley supported the Act's provisions on testing of existing chemicals and improvements to risk management. The draft fixes the main problems with TSCA sections 4 and 6.
A noteworthy aspect the bill lacks is a detailed prioritization, or screening process, for existing chemicals. Bosley acknowledged this and highlighted what EPA must have to review existing chemicals, including adequate resources, sufficient tools and support from the White House and Congress.
In conclusion, Bosley said the bill takes a different approach than its Senate counterpart, and many of the controversial parts are not present. "The bill generally maintains the most effective and politically sensitive parts of the current law and fixes the areas that have been most problematic," she said.
SOCMA appreciates the committee's focus on TSCA modernization and remains committed to working with lawmakers to bring this effort to fruition.
SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. For more information, visit www.socma.com.
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SOURCE Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates