Ecology supports strong policy at all levels to protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals. Our goals for reducing toxic threats are to:
Principles for Federal Reform
The federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 and was intended to protect the environment and consumers' health against risks posed by chemicals in commerce. But over the years, it became apparent that the law was not keeping pace with the marketplace, new products or the need for information about their health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charged with enforcing TSCA, has stated that the law is no longer an adequate tool for providing protection against chemical risks. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified EPA's TSCA program as one of the federal programs most in need of broad reform.
Ecology supports the passage of legislation to reform TSCA and has been actively involved in shaping reform:
The U.S. EPA is currently exploring how to identify priority chemical substances for review and assessment under the existing TSCA law and is seeking public input. Ecology and representatives from several other states submitted comments on the prioritization factors and data sources EPA intends to use to identify priority chemicals in September 2011. ECOS also passed a resolution (doc) with comments on the process.
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