Following the one year anniversary of significant amendments to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), there has been a flurry of activity related to the Act—from new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lawsuits filed across the country. Here are some of the major highlights:
Under a recent summary judgment decision from a federal district judge, the EPA must continuously examine the effects that certain Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations have on employment in the coal industry specifically and other industries more broadly. This means the EPA will be subject to increased requirements before taking action under the CAA. The ruling also suggests that additional requirements could be imposed on the EPA under similar provisions in other environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and CERCLA. Continue Reading EPA Must Examine Effects of Clean Air Act Regulations on Jobs
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act into law. The Act is the first significant change to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act in 40 years and amends the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) methods for reviewing chemical substances before they are marketed and allowed to be used in consumer products.
The Act has several new key features: Continue Reading Toxic Substances Control Act Revised for the 21st Century
On December 17, 2015, the United States Senate passed a bill by voice vote that updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The bipartisan supported legislation would implement major changes to TSCA, which regulates the manufacturing and sale of chemicals.
TSCA requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate new and existing chemical substances in commerce that present an “unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” Continue Reading Senate Passes Legislation to Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act