BASF and other representatives of the US chemical legislative reform offered their suggestions
at the recent hearing of the US Federal Chemical Control Act, representatives from the US legislature, the US Environmental Protection Agency, industrial groups and other stakeholders reached an agreement on Amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Analysts believe that the unanimous response of all parties at this hearing reflects the necessity of amending the US toxic substances control act, which is a major breakthrough in the reform of us chemicals legislation
the reform has received unanimous support from all walks of life.
the industry represented by the American Chemical Council (ACC), including chemical production enterprises, are calling on the federal legislature to reform the old bill into these machines, which can not only recycle printing failed works and excess wire rods, that is, amend the toxic substances control act, and give priority to the United States Environmental Protection Agency to conduct safety assessment of existing chemical substances
Stephen A. Owens, the administrator of chemical safety and pollution prevention of the environmental protection agency, said, "in order to perform its duties, the environmental protection agency must revise and improve the toxic substances control law to better protect human health and the environment". Enterprise representatives also agreed. Kelly M. semilay, senior vice president of global affairs of Johnson son, said that authorizing EPA to assess chemical safety would help enhance the confidence of polymer manufacturers who pay wide attention to the cost of bio based materials, which is very important for enterprises, because being recognized by authoritative institutions will promote the wider application of detergent and pesticide products
Francis bainek, chairman of the natural resources protection committee of the environmental protection organization, told the Senate that TSCA reform was imminent. If Congress did not reform the toxic substances control law, things would get worse and worse. Because "in the face of the indifference of the federal government, States will continue to do nothing, resulting in a reduction in public trust in chemical safety."
representatives actively offered suggestions
on the basis of forming a consensus on the reform of TSCA, representatives from all walks of life put forward their own suggestions. Stephen J. Goldberg, BASF's vice president for legal and government affairs (source: Global polyurethane), stressed that the potential toxicity of chemicals and test exposure data should be taken into account. He said that the risk of chemicals must be assessed
Dr. Lynn Goldman, Dean of the school of public health and health services at George Washington University, was responsible for supervising the procedural reform of EPA TSCA during the Clinton administration. She believes that EPA needs to evaluate the toxicity of new compounds according to the relationship between chemical structure and efficacy of chemicals
in response to the previous proposal that the reform plan will hinder product and technological innovation, Carl durey, President and chief executive officer of the American Chemical Council, said that the reform plan does not necessarily conflict with the innovation of the industry, "we can give consideration to both." Carl durey also said that the restrictions on specific chemical substances in U.S. states are increasing, and the chemical regulations between states are not completely consistent, which makes chemical enterprises feel at a loss. For this problem, semire suggested that a chemical scientific evaluation system should be established to automatically evaluate potential alternatives and launch safe alternatives when necessary. However, for their own interests, state governments may provide protection for certain chemicals by turning on the green light. Semire said that if the toxic substances control law wants to keep pace with the times, it should be based on completely avoiding or trying to avoid local government intervention
Goldman pointed out that TSCA reform will help enterprises develop more alternatives to toxic substances. She said that there are three existing international chemical management systems: the first is the tensile testing machine of the globally harmonized classification and labelling system (GHS), the second is the international chemical management strategy 4: the mechanical environmental testing guidelines (SAICM) specified in the domestic and foreign mechanical environmental testing method standards, and the third is the Stockholm Convention. Congress should consider incorporating these existing international chemicals management regimes into TSCA
the new bill is expected to be passed in two years
senators Michael R. Johns and John Bussman from Nebraska and Arkansas have just joined Congress. They said that it was beyond their expectation that different parties with different interests could reach a consensus at the hearing and actively offer advice for it
as the chairman of this Subcommittee, Democratic congressman raudenberg has long advocated amending the bill, and has formulated bills in 2005, 2008 and 2010 respectively. Loudenberg said he believed that the TSCA reform bill would be passed within two years. He said that he would work with the Republicans to "establish a risk-based system with reliable technical support, which can not only protect the environment and health, but also enable enterprises to continue to flourish."
as a Republican senator from Oklahoma, James inhofey, the chief representative of the environment and Public Works Committee, promised to work with loudenberg to formulate a TSCA reform bill. "On the basis of science, it can not only protect human health, but also balance employment and economic growth."
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