The U.S. senate has passed more stringent law for chemical manufacturers and users. It will ask more transparency, require a risk evaluation before market entry and make sure more safety for children and pregnant women. The bill mandates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) apply the least burdensome means of adequately protecting against unreasonable risk from chemicals.
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed on 7th June 2016. Now the bill is on to President Obama for a signature that will turn it into law.
This act is an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). By specified deadlines, the EPA must designate a certain number of existing chemicals as high- or low-priority for safety assessments and determinations and conduct safety assessments and determinations for high-priority chemicals.
The EPA must prohibit or restrict the manufacture, processing, use, distribution, or disposal of a new chemical, or a significant new use of an existing chemical, if the chemical will not likely meet the safety standard, or additional information is necessary to make a safety determination. “This bill establishes a new national chemical management standard that protects consumers while providing regulatory predictability for U.S. apparel, footwear and textile companies,” AAFA president and CEO Rick Helfenbein said.