TIA Lauds Bipartisan Introduction of TSCA Legislation

May 28, 2013 | On May 22nd, The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 was introduced in the U.S. Senate to modernize the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by its chief sponsors, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), as a result of a groundbreaking compromise agreement.

For the past year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has been working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to modernize and update TSCA, an overarching law that empowers the Environmental Protection Agency to address chemical safety, require testing, and establish regulations on chemicals used in products sold in the United States.

“The updated legislation keeps pace with technological advances for chemical and material safety, puts in place a workable safety standard that ensures the well-being of children, protects confidential business information, and contains essential preemption language to prevent the creation of overlapping state programs that might be burdensome to toy companies,” stated TIA President Carter Keithley. “We are supportive of the current draft of the Act.”

A TIA Members Only Bulletin with additional details about The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, as well as information on how toy companies may contact their Senators to urge their support of the legislation, will be circulated to TIA members this week.

Questions may be directed to TIA’s Andy Hackman, vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356) or Rachel Hedge, director of federal government affairs (202.459.0351).