New legislative efforts at the federal and state level are seeking to amend longstanding policies with respect to management of new and existing chemicals regulations. To a large extent, the focus is on updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a 39-year old statute that has served to regulate the chemical industry into the modern era.
ACA supports bipartisan effort in Congress to modernize TSCA that promote innovation, creates consistency among the states through federal preemption, and boosts the economy. Legislation includes S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and in the U.S. House of Representatives, the TSCA Modernization Act.
ACA believes in strong, federal preemption in TSCA in order to create a workable, consistent regulatory landscape for industries such as the paint and coatings industry that do business across state lines. Not only has the lack of TSCA reform encouraged states to regulate chemicals and establish different chemicals management programs, but now the country is seeing regulations emerging at the county level.