ACI speakers back reform of Toxic Substance Control Act

31 January 2014 19:43  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO (ICIS)--Speakers at the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) annual meeting this week discussed the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and potential reforms to the law.

TSCA is a US law passed in 1976 that regulates the introduction of new or existing chemicals. The law grandfathered most existing chemicals, which makes it somewhat different than the European Union’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) legislation.

In a special speaker session, US Senator David Vitter (Republican-Louisiana) said that one of the goals in working on potential TSCA reform is to try to “bring good science and not just Wall Street science into the works”.

Interest in this effort came from the floor as well, as industry representatives said “they get the science wrong”.

“There has been a trend at the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] to drift away from sound science,” Vitter replied.

TSCA modernisation is a key legislative priority for the ACI in 2014, according to the ACI’s government affairs committee.

The current Senate bill, the Chemical Safety and Improvement Act of 2013 (CSIA), has 25 bipartisan co-sponsors, with a potential bill in the House under consideration.

“This is an opportunity to make this process work,” said Michael Heltzer of BASF, chair of the ACI government affairs committee.

The ACI is a key player in the US and international cleaning industry in which numerous commodity chemicals are used, including fatty alcohols – the backbone of surfactants – glycerine, fatty acids, glycols and certain oxides.

The 2014 ACI annual meeting is being held in Orlando, Florida through Friday.

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