Congress recently approved major reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The last time lawmakers made changes to the TSCA was back in 1976. However, in response to many chemical disasters, lawmakers were pressed to enforce stricter rules and regulations.
Who does this affect?Under the former version of the TSCA, chemical producers, distributors and importers were held liable for compliance. Now, manufacturers who mix chemicals into their own sellable products will have to comply with TSCA. Products included range from auto parts and electronics to soaps and beauty care products.
Here are seven things you should know:
Additionally, the EPA can now label new chemicals as “unreasonable risk”, “may pose risks” and “no unreasonable risk.” Previously, the EPA had up to 90 days to decide if a new chemical presents “unreasonable risk” after a pre-manufacture notice is given.
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