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ACI Urges Congress on TSCA Legislation

Posted: November 17, 2011

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has sent a letter to the Congressional Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health and the Committee on the Environment & Public Works discussing the organization’s support of the modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The organization has previously encouraged the committee to update TSCA to help improve public confidence that chemicals used in and to produce consumer products and packaging are safe, and this letter, addressed to Senators Frank Lautenberg and James Inhofe from ACI president and CEO Ernie Rosenberg, reiterates the organization’s hopes and concerns for this legislative update.

ACI notes in its letter than an updated TSCA will help its members be more innovative in the development, manufacturing, marketing and promotion of “products that provide essential benefits to consumers while also protecting human health and the environment.” It also notes the sentiment that changes in the law should help advance innovation, as well as address new developments in science in technology, saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take advantage of the resources and data provided to it by chemical management programs that have been developed by other countries.

A primary concern the letter also addresses is how the whole of S.847 could possibly create hindrances to American business and manufacturing efforts, particularly in the case of product and process innovations. To rectify this, ACI proposes the development of new legislation through stakeholder collaboration, which previously has been found to be valuable and constructive to ACI member companies.