U.S. chemical safety bill passes committee vote

If the bill passes a full Senate vote, it would mark the first substantial update to the Toxic Substances Control Act since the law was adopted in 1976.

Safety standards for thousands of unregulated chemicals could be on the way, following a bipartisan bill’s approval at the committee level Tuesday.

If the bill passes a full Senate vote, it would mark the first substantial update to the Toxic Substances Control Act since the law was adopted in 1976.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act requires all new and existing chemicals be reviewed for safety, establishes new funding for EPA through user fees, and gives EPA new authority to require testing.

Since 1994 alone, more than 10,000 chemicals have come onto the market

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