ACA Policy Statement on Chemicals Management
The American Coatings Association (ACA) — which represents the $20 billion dollar paint and coatings industry in the United States, operating in all 50 states, and employing over 250,000 people engaged in the manufacture and distribution of its products — supports legislative efforts at the federal level to amend longstanding policies for the management of new and existing chemicals regulations. The main focus has been on “modernizing” the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a 37-year-old statute that has served to regulate the chemical industry. The industry is regulated by a myriad of regulations and laws, including TSCA, which operate in conjunction with a number of other health, safety and environmental statutes, and associated regulatory requirements that offer a broad chemical use “safety net.”
While the coatings industry believes the current “safety net” protects public health and the environment, it also recognizes the need for appropriate modernization of current chemicals management policy; specifically, the need to fairly assess the systems put in place over the past 37 years under TSCA. Any legislative or regulatory approach taken must ensure appropriate action on the part of the regulatory agency and the regulated community, and in particular, be based on sound science, protection of health and the environment, and consistent throughout the country.
ACA supports pre-emptive federal regulations as opposed to a multitude of differing and competing state regulations. In addition, a risk-based, scientific approach to chemicals management is an integral foundation that will enhance public trust in government agencies that protect people and the environment.