TIA to Testify in Support of TSCA Reform

July 30, 2013 | On July 31st, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will testify at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to voice toy industry support of The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1009) – bipartisan legislation that reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.

As previously reported, TIA is working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to modernize TSCA.  Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate in May would reform TSCA using a workable safety standard that protects children and contains preemption language to prevent the creation of overlapping state chemical requirements.

“By ensuring that products and chemicals are uniformly safe across all 50 states, TSCA reform as drafted in S.1009 is in line with the toy industry’s long-standing commitment to safety,” stated Andy Hackman, TIA vice president of government affairs. “TIA firmly supports a single, federal approach to evaluating risks from chemicals that will improve the flow of interstate commerce and result in lower priced products for consumers; allow manufacturers to redirect their resources to focus on safety; and allow local and state governments to focus on higher priority public health issues.”

TIA members can do their part by sending a pre-formatted letter in support of S.1009 to their Senators. To date, the Act has 25 co-sponsors (12 Democrats and 13 Republicans); the goal is to reach 30 or more bipartisan co-sponsors to encourage passage of this critical legislation.

Questions on this topic may be directed to TIA’s Andy Hackman, vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356). TIA members will be kept apprised of developments.