TSCA, Treaties and Talk of Amendment

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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On July 29, 2003, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee approved legislation that would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to allow the United States to ratify several international treaties intended to control persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other hazardous substances. This column briefly summarizes the legislation — S. 1486, “The POPs, LRTAP POPs, and PIC Implementation Act of 2003.”The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) will probably pass regulations once the law is enacted.

Senator Lincoln Chaffee (R- R.I.) introduced the bill on June 29, reportedly after extensive negotiation with EPW Committee members, the Bush Administration, environmental organizations, the chemical industry and other parties. A discussion draft of the regulations would amend TSCA to implement
the following three treaties: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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