TSCA and the Future of Chemical Regulation (PDF)


Congress enacted the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 1976. 1 Despite the passage of over two decades, its core provisions have not been substantively amended. 2 Some believe change is needed, even essential. Indeed, the question of whether TSCA is fundamentally flawed or whether EPA ’ s implementation of it is lacking, has been the subject of debate for years. While much has changed over the past two decades, this article concludes that TSCA is an essential environmental law that serves a vital role in

society. Further, this article concludes that toxics reporting laws and the transparency that results from compelled disclosure have lessened the need for mandatory chemical testing under TSCA and strengthen, not diminish, TSCA ’ s influence as a potent pollution prevention tool.

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