BASF and other representatives from the United Sta

2022-06-17
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BASF and other representatives of the US chemical legislation reform made suggestions

at the recent hearing on the US Federal Chemical Control Act, representatives from the US legislature, the US Environmental Protection Agency, industrial groups and other stakeholders reached an agreement on Amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Analysts believe that the response of all parties to the hearing was unanimous, reflecting the necessity of amending the US toxic substances control law, which is a major breakthrough in the US chemical legislation reform

the reform has received unanimous support from all walks of life

the industrial circles represented by the American Chemical Council (ACC), including chemical production enterprises, are calling on the federal legislature to reform the old act that these machines can not only recycle the failed works and excess wires, that is, amend the toxic substances control act, and give the US Environmental Protection Agency the priority of safety assessment of existing chemical substances

Stephen A. Owens, administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention of the environmental protection agency, said: "to perform its duties, the environmental protection agency must revise and improve the toxic substances control law to better protect human health and the environment.". The enterprise representatives also agreed. Kelly M. semiray, senior vice president of global affairs of the US Johnson and son company, said that authorizing EPA to assess chemical safety would help enhance the confidence of polymer manufacturers who pay wide attention to the cost of bio based materials. This is very important for enterprises, because the recognition by authoritative organizations will promote the wider application of detergent and pesticide products

francisbaineck, chairman of the natural resources protection committee of environmental protection organizations, told the Senate that TSCA reform is imminent. If Congress does not reform the toxic substances control law, things will get worse and worse. Because "in the face of the indifference of the federal government, the States will continue to do nothing, resulting in a reduction in public trust in chemical safety."

representatives actively offered suggestions

on the basis of consensus on the reform of TSCA, representatives from all walks of life put forward their own suggestions. Stephen J. Goldberg, BASF's vice president for legal and government affairs (source: Global polyurethane), stressed that the assessment of potential toxicity of chemicals and test exposure data should be taken into account. He said that it was necessary to conduct a safety assessment on the risks of chemicals

Dr. lynngodman, Dean of the school of public health and health services at George Washington University, was responsible for supervising the procedural reform of EPA TSCA during the Clinton administration. She believes that EPA needs to evaluate the toxicity of new compounds according to the relationship between chemical structure and efficacy of chemicals

in response to the problem that some people had previously proposed that the reform plan would hinder product and technological innovation, Carl durey, President and chief executive officer of the American Chemical Council, said that the reform plan does not necessarily conflict with the innovation of the industry. "We can give consideration to both." Carl durey also said that the US states have more and more restrictions on specific chemical substances, and the chemical regulations among states are not completely consistent, which makes the chemical enterprises feel at a loss. For this problem, semire suggested that a chemical scientific evaluation system should be established to automatically evaluate potential alternatives and introduce safe alternatives when necessary. However, for their own interests, state governments may provide protection for certain chemicals by turning on the green light. Semire said that if the toxic substances control law wants to keep pace with the times, it should be based on completely avoiding or trying to avoid local government intervention

Goldman pointed out that TSCA reform will help enterprises develop more alternatives to toxic substances. She said that there are three existing international chemicals management systems: the first is the globally harmonized classification and labelling system (GHS) for chemicals; the second is the SAICM specified in the international chemicals management strategy 4: standards for mechanical environmental testing methods at home and abroad; and the third is the Stockholm Convention. Congress should consider incorporating these existing international chemicals management regimes into TSCA

the new bill is expected to be passed in two years

senators Michael R. Johns and johnbusman from Nebraska and Arkansas have just joined the Congress. They said that it was unexpected that different parties with different interests could reach a consensus at the hearing and actively offer advice

as the chairman of the Subcommittee, the Democratic congressman loudenberg has long advocated amending the bill. He formulated the bill in 2005, 2008 and 2010 respectively. Loudenberg said that he believed that the TSCA reform bill would be passed within two years. He said that he would work with the Republican Party to "establish a risk-based system with reliable technical support, which can not only protect the environment and health, but also enable enterprises to continue to flourish."

as a Republican senator from Oklahoma, James inhofey, the chief representative of the environment and Public Works Committee, promised to work with loudenberg to formulate a TSCA reform bill. "On the basis of science, it can not only protect human health, but also balance employment and economic growth."

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