BlueGreen Alliance on the Toxic Substances Control Act
The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) writes to thank and commend senators for leadership in the effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
April 10, 2013
The letter highlighted the most important provisions of the legislation, including:
- Use of a health-based standard to assess chemical safety and explicitly require protection of the most vulnerable populations, including children, workers, minority communities and low-income groups;
- Prohibition against the introduction of new chemicals without a finding that the substance meets the applicable safety standard and is not a known or suspected reproductive, developmental, neurological, or immunological toxicant, carcinogen, mutagen, or endocrine disruptor;
- Directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize those chemicals of particular hazard to the public for immediate risk management;
- Requiring chemical manufacturers to bear the burden of proving that chemical substances meet applicable safety standards;
- Ensuring that workers, communities, and the public have a right to know information regarding their chemical exposure;
- Requiring federal agency coordination to avoid overlapping responsibilities for protecting Americans’ occupational and environmental health;
- Providing federal support for basic and applied research, and incentives for the production of safer alternatives to hazardous substances currently in use.