NPRA ’10: US regulations should not lump chems with pesticides

28 March 2010 18:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--Lawmakers updating the nation’s chemical-control regulations should not lump industrial chemicals in the same group as pesticides, a move that would be irrational, an official with a trade group said on Sunday.

“To treat the two the same makes no sense whatsoever,” said Jim Cooper, vice president, petrochemicals, for the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA). He was speaking on the sidelines of his group’s International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Lawmakers are reviewing the nation’s chemical-control regulations, referred to as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has remained substantially unchanged since enacted in 1976. A final bill is not thought to be likely until 2011.

He repeated the group’s stance that it is open to updating the nation’s chemical control regulations.

For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be able to share confidential business information with other government agencies, he said.

However, NPRA and other groups oppose an all-out overhaul of TSCA, he said. Moreover, he warned about adopting a programme similar to Europe’s Reach regime.

The TSCA is more than 30 years old, giving the regulatory programme a foundation and a history, Cooper said.

Cooper said that lawmakers should review how efficiently the programme protects human health.

Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

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By: Al Greenwood
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