WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama today signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law – bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to protect children, families, and the environment from dangerous chemicals. The law overhauls the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has allowed tens of thousands of chemicals to go on the market without any oversight for safety. Since 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only been able to restrict five chemicals though the broken TSCA law, which has also failed to give the EPA the authority to evaluate or protect consumers from known carcinogens like asbestos and bisphenol A (BPA).
“This landmark law will give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority it needs to ensure that dangerous chemicals aren’t lurking in the everyday goods Americans are buying for themselves and their children,” Brown said. “I’m proud Congress took bipartisan action to protect our children.”
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will give the EPA new authority and resources to test chemicals and ensure they are safe before they go to market, and set mandatory, enforceable, deadlines. The law will also empowers states to restrict chemicals if the EPA has not yet acted.
This bill is supported by American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Association of Justice, American Auto Alliance, American Chemistry Council, American Cleaning Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, Humane Society Legislative Fund, The Humane Society of the United Sates, March of Dimes, Moms Clean Air Force, National Association of Manufacturers, The National Wildlife Federation, North America's Building Trades Union, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the more than 100 members of the American Alliance for Innovation.