Chemicals in Commerce Act Discussions Continue

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Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA)

A draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) was discussed at length in a hearing chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) on April 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. The proposed act, authored by Shimkus is intended to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that was passed in 1976.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) urged Congress to seize the opportunity to modernize the nation’s primary chemicals management law (TSCA) with the new legislation.

ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley said, “We appreciate Chairman Shimkus’ continued commitment to this important issue, and we welcome the Subcommittee’s efforts to work cooperatively toward meaningful, balanced reform. Consistent with ACC’s principles for TSCA modernization, the CICA presents a roadmap to legislation we could strongly support.

The subcommittee reviewed an initial draft of the legislation in March. At the April 29 meeting, they reviewed an updated draft that reflects changes from members on both sides of the aisle, stakeholders, and the administration.

At the meeting, Shimkus said, “Since our March 12 hearing on the original discussion draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act we’ve been working on a bipartisan basis to find common ground. The revised discussion draft before you today contains several significant changes from the earlier version.” He went on to say that he appreciated the time and effort put into the legislative effort by all participants. He promised to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve the desired goals.

The updated draft was endorsed by Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Jim Jones; Mark Greenwood, an environmental attorney and former EPA official; and Len Sauers, Vice President of Global Sustainability, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at the Proctor & Gamble Company.

ACC President Dooley called the updated draft “an appropriate step forward in TSCA reform.” Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) concluded, “This law has not been updated in nearly 40 years. It has been a challenging task, but this draft bill gets us even closer toward our objective of a commonsense law that protects the public health and further encourages our manufacturing renaissance.”

(Key words Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), TSCA reform)

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