On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 2576 was introduced on May 26, 2015, by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by a vote of 47 to 0 on June 3, 2015.
H.R. 2576 amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to identify and control unreasonable risks of chemicals and products using science based risk evaluations that consider health and environmental effects, while ensuring confidential business information is adequately protected.
Specifically the bill:
 See Energy and Commerce “Memo: Full Committee Markup–H.R. 2576 and H.R. 2583”, May 29, 2015.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 and “authorizes the EPA to screen existing and new chemicals used in manufacturing and commerce to identify potentially dangerous products or uses that should be subject to federal control. Both naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals are subject to TSCA, with the exception of chemicals regulated under other federal laws concerning food, drugs, cosmetics, firearms, ammunition, pesticides, tobacco, or mixtures. EPA may require manufacturers and processors of chemicals to conduct and report the results of tests to determine the effects of potentially dangerous chemicals on living things. Based on test results and other information, EPA must regulate the manufacture, importation, processing, distribution, use, and/or disposal of any chemical that presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment. A variety of regulatory tools is available to EPA under TSCA, ranging in severity from a total ban on production, import, and use to a requirement that a product bear a warning label at the point of sale.”
Since its enactment, TSCA has been amended to regulate chemicals such as asbestos, radon, formaldehyde, mercury, and residential lead-based paint. According to the Committee, “TSCA has proven to be ineffective in providing adequate protections and facilitating U.S. chemical manufacturing and use – this is particularly true today, in the face of industry advancements and increased interstate commerce. Modernization of the law is necessary to improve protections for public health and the environment, to provide the public greater confidence in the safety of U.S. chemicals, and to promote further innovation and economic growth.”
 See CRS report, “The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements,” April 1, 2013.
 See Energy and Commerce, “Objectives: H.R. 2576, The TSCA Modernization Act,” May 27, 2015.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.