ACI President & CEO Ernie Rosenberg told the House Subcommittee on Environment & the Economy that the cleaning products industry is supportive of bipartisan Senate legislation,
the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), which would modernize TSCA, the nation's 37-year old law governing chemicals in commerce.
"A strengthened TSCA has the potential to promote consumer and environmental protection while enabling innovation for new and improved products," said Rosenberg
"That's why we support the CSIA."
"The legislation would remove barriers to EPA data-gathering and regulatory actions.
It would call upon EPA
to evaluate the safety of chemicals already in use and enable EPA
to identify and act on chemicals that may pose safety concerns.
enhanced ability to obtain data would encourage industry to provide health and safety information to the Agency without regulatory delays and with fewer demands on Agency resources."
added that the proposed legislation would preserve the efficiencies in EPA's new chemicals review process, which are widely acknowledged to have worked well, and are critical to innovation.
"To remain innovative, we need strong protection for confidential business information," Rosenberg
"A strengthened TSCA can and must be risk-based and use the best science.
must be able to get the information it needs to make informed chemical assessment and risk management decisions."
"The Chemical Safety Improvement Act would allow EPA
to meet its regulatory obligations and restore confidence in the Agency's ability to do so.
For the law to become more credible, changes in TSCA must be practical, achievable, and workable," concluded Rosenberg