NPRA ’09: Reach should not be model for US toxic substance act

29 March 2009 21:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--US policy makers should not even consider Europe’s new hazardous chemicals management programme as a model while revising the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an industry representative said this weekend.

National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) vice president for petrochemicals Jim Cooper said the effects of Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances regulatory programme on the industry should be measured “before we even look at going there”.

NPRA president Charles Drevna told the US House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection in February that “while I agree that we all could benefit by updating certain sections of TSCA, I do not believe that a wholesale rewrite is necessary, especially given the fact that systems like Reach... are largely new and untested”. 

Drevna told the committee that “a more pragmatic approach to TSCA reform will result in a better chemicals management system and still achieve the original intent of Congress”.

Key areas to explore while examining TSCA reform included information sharing, information collection and use, and a statutory recognition of EPA’s own best practices and timelines for action, Drevna told the panel.

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