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September 26, 2014

Boxer Criticism On Current TSCA Reform Efforts


On September 18, 2014, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued a statement containing links to Senator Boxer's counterproposal to and critique of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform draft bill being developed by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). The statement is available online.

Senator Boxer expressed strong concern over the proposed safety standard, timelines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions, victim's rights, and state pre-emption. Senator Boxer's rejection of the revised reform bill means that TSCA reform will likely not occur this year.

Senator Boxer's latest statement is consistent with statements she has made in hearings over the last year. BRAG has reported on those hearings. A copy of BRAG's report from the July 2013 Senate EPW Committee hearing on TSCA reform is available online.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) has prepared a more detailed summary and analysis of Senator Boxer's counterproposal to and critique of the draft Vitter-Udall TSCA reform bill. A copy of this summary is available online.