Wednesday, September 18, 2013

House Holds TSCA Reform Hearing September 18, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on TSCA Reform Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Starting at 2 pm EDT, the hearing will be held live in the 2123 Rayburn House Building hearing room. A live webcast can be viewed when the hearing begins.

The title of the hearing is: “Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act."

This continues a series of "fact-finding" hearings sponsored by the House. A TSCA reform bill called the Safe Chemicals Improvement Act will introduced by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter. The bipartisan bill has substantial support on both sides of the aisle in the Senate, though EPW Chair Barbara Boxer is not one of them. One of the concerns raised by both parties are the preemption provisions. Boxer and the state of California (and other states) are concerned the current Senate bill's provisions will block any state action on toxic chemicals even if EPA does not take sufficient action to protect human health and the public. Hence the House focus on that issue in today's hearing.

The list of witnesses is below, along with links to their written testimony. The hearing is expected to be livecast on the committee's web page.

Panel One:
Mark A. Greenwood
Justin Johnson, Deputy Secretary
William K. Rawson
Jennifer Thomas
Lemuel M. Srolovic 
Linda Reinstein