On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which amends the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), the Nation’s primary chemicals management law.
The new law, which received bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, includes much needed improvements such as:
- Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;
- New risk-based safety standard;
- Increased public transparency for chemical information; and
- Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under the new law.
Learn more about the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act:
- Read a copy of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
- First year implementation plan
- Read a summary of provisions found in the new law
- Find answers to frequently asked questions on the new law
- Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation
- Read Administrator McCarthy’s blog - TSCA Reform: A Bipartisan Milestone to Protect Our Health from Dangerous Chemicals
- Remarks by the President at Bill Signing Event