There has been a lot of activity in Washington D.C. lately. And much of the discussion has been directed at reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. As many of you know, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a TSCA reform bill (S.697) virtually written by the very chemical industry it purports to reform! In response to this, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Allan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act (S.725) as an alternative to the outdated TSCA bill that would protect our children and communities from toxic predators.
On Tuesday April 28th the Vitter/Udall bill went to Markup and with that came several amendment requests from Senator Boxer to strengthen this very broken legislation. Unfortunately none of Senator Boxer’s amendments were approved but the Vitter/Udall bill still passed Markup. This is a set back in our fight for true TSCA reform, but it is only that, a set back. We will keep fighting to protect our children and communities from toxic substances and eventually will pass TRUE TSCA REFORM! Take a look at this very informative letter from the Institute For Green Science to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.