The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is urging Congress to hold the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable in meeting its statutory obligations to review new chemical submissions, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
ACI submitted written comments as the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee examined EPA’s TSCA implementation as part of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
“ACI urges the Committee members to ensure the EPA abides by statutory obligations under TSCA for reviewing new chemicals, specifically, that the Agency still needs to meet its statutory obligation to review and make final determinations on new chemicals within 90 days,” wrote Blake Nanney, ACI Director, Government Affairs.
As the Committee reviews EPA’s TSCA implementation protocols, ACI asks that they consider:
- The backlog of the review process
- Delays which make the review process unpredictably and unnecessarily restrictive, and its subsequent impact on chemical innovation in the U.S.
- The impact of delaying the introduction of new products to the market
- The impact these delays have on introducing more sustainable chemistry products to the market
Read the full comments here.
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.