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First TSCA Hearing Held in Senate Committee

12/05/09

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week held an oversight hearing on TSCA. This is the first TSCA hearing held in the Senate and the third hearing this year on the topic in Congress.

The witnesses were Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, John B. Stephenson Director, Natural Resources & Environment and Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program.

All panelists raised the urgency of the need for TSCA reform. It is worth noting, however, that much of the hearing involved discussion with Lisa Jackson on the recent email scandal involving scientific opinions on the issue of climate change.  The scandal is being widely reported as “Climate Gate”.  On TSCA, EPA and the Government Accountability Office talked about hurdles with implementing the law, citing the relatively low number of TSCA section 4 test rules and TSCA section 6 restrictions out of the 80,000+ inventory chemicals. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences brought up some of the challenges associated with getting a better understanding of the effects of chemical exposures and emphasized the need to improve testing methods and incorporate new technologies.

To read the testimonies click here.

For more information, visit http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=129f8be4-802a-23ad-4217-c8c5900bf3db





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