CSPA Commends U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and David Vitter for Joining Forces to Introduce a Bipartisan Bill That Modernizes TSCA

Wed May 22, 2013 2:22pm EDT

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CSPA Commends U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and David Vitter for Joining Forces to Introduce a Bipartisan Bill That Modernizes TSCA

The Consumer Specialty Products Association applauds U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) for their leadership to collaborate on introducing a bipartisan bill that will modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Today, 14 senators came together to introduce a consensus bill, known as the Lautenberg-Vitter “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013,” that will focus on those areas of TSCA that Democrats and Republicans agree are in most need of reform.

“By joining forces with Senator Lautenberg to introduce a bipartisan TSCA bill, Senator Vitter and other members of the U.S. Senate have taken a vital step toward developing a stronger, more effective chemical regulatory program in the U.S. that provides meaningful reform and protects American consumers,” said CSPA President and CEO Chris Cathcart.

Developing reasonable and necessary revisions to update the TSCA statute is vitally important to CSPA and its member companies. CSPA has consistently advocated modernizing TSCA. “We applaud these efforts. Updating TSCA can only be achieved with bipartisan support. The bill is needed to support the ability of industry to innovate and compete in an evolving and vital marketplace,” Cathcart added.

CSPA has collaborated on how best to ensure the U.S. EPA has appropriate and necessary use and exposure information to support a risk-based, chemicals management program in the United States. As part of this, maintaining essential protections of confidential business information is critical to competitiveness and innovation.

“We appreciate that Senators Lautenberg and Vitter have provided an opportunity for stakeholder dialogue. This has allowed us to work through questions and issues in an effort to narrow our differences and move toward a consensus,” said Cathcart.

As Senator Lautenberg prepares to retire in 2014, enacting TSCA legislation would serve as a noble legacy of the passion and commitment he has brought to the issue of public health and chemical safety.

CSPA has identified key priorities under TSCA that include the following:

  • Enhancing public confidence in chemical safety;
  • Providing greater transparency for consumers, as well as the regulated community, while also protecting vital protection for trade secrets and confidential business information; and
  • Establishing a more robust, risk-based federal chemical management framework rather than a patchwork of state-by-state — or chemical-by-chemical regulations.

The Lautenberg-Vitter “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013” is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Charles Schumer (D-NY), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and John Hoeven (R-ND).

About CSPA

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments. CSPA member companies employ hundreds of thousands of people globally. Products CSPA represents include disinfectants that kill germs in homes, hospitals and restaurants; air fresheners, room deodorizers and candles that eliminate odors; pest management products for home, lawn and garden, and pets; cleaning products and polishes for use throughout the home and institutions; products used to protect and improve the performance and appearance of automobiles; aerosol products and a host of other products used every day. Through its product stewardship program, Product Care®, and scientific and business-to-business endeavors, CSPA provides its members a platform to effectively address issues regarding the health, safety and sustainability of their products. For more information, please visit www.cspa.org.

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