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April 25, 2014

TSCA Reform: Do It Now, Or It May Never Be Done


The Environmental Law Institute's (ELI) May/June 2014 issue of ELI Forum features articles from five notable experts representing government, industry, and policy viewpoints on the issue of TSCA reform. Titled "TSCA Redux: Rejuvenating a Timeworn Statute," the publication includes Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C; Richard A. Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund; Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Operations, Maryland Department of the Environment; Ann R. Klee, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, General Electric; Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy; and Senator Tom Udall, Chair, Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health. More information is available at

On April 22, 2014, Shimkus, Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, announced that the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on April 29, 2014, to review a revised draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). According to Shimkus, the revised draft "reflects suggestions from members on both sides of the aisle, as well as stakeholders and the administration." CICA would reform TSCA. More information regarding the hearing, as well as both the revised draft CICA and a redline comparison to the March 2014 discussion draft, is available online. Memoranda regarding TSCA reform legislation and hearings held to date are available online. B&C's detailed discussion of revisions to the draft CICA is available online.