I have noted previously that there is a big push in this Congress to take a long hard look at the current chemical control regulations in the United States. Well, on Thursday, February 26, 2009 the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on "Revisiting the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.” The hearing was designed to address the perception of critical gaps in the statute and explore how those gaps might hinder effective chemical safety policy in the United States.
The following witnesses, spanning a range of government, advocacy, and industry groups, all testified:
John Stephenson, Director, Natural Resources and the Environment, Government Accountability Office
J. Clarence Davies, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future (Former EPA Assistant Administrator for Policy in the George H.W. Bush Administration)
Maureen Swanson, Healthy Children Project Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Association of America
Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director for Policy Initiatives, WE ACT For Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action)
Michael Wright, Director of Health and Safety, United Steelworkers
Richard Denison, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Cal Dooley, President and CEO, American Chemistry Council
V.M. DeLisi, President, Fanwood Chemical, Inc., Chairman, International Affairs Committee, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
Charles T. Drevna, President, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
A link to the written testimony and video of the Subcommittee can be found on the Committee web site.