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June 12, 2015

House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015


On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. The bill was praised for its bipartisan support as well as the removal of burdensome testing that has hindered the implementation of TSCA. The modernized TSCA will change how EPA regulates existing chemicals, with EPA first deciding if a chemical poses an unreasonable risk under its conditions of use, and then deciding how to manage the risk. A technical amendment was added to the Act and the Committee passed the amended bill. Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) expects the bill to be on the House floor by the end of June 2015. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has published a memorandum on the hearing and a memorandum providing a detailed analysis of the slightly revised version of the bill on its website.