Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette Praises Senate Passage of Chemical Safety Legislation

Jun 8, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) praised the passage today by the U.S. Senate of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which reforms U.S. chemical safety efforts under the four-decade-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

“TSCA has been flawed since it became law in 1976,” DeGette said.  “Nobody likes it—not the environmental community, not chemical manufacturers, nor the parents of America, whose children are exposed to dangerous substances throughout their homes each and every day.  

“Right now, a badly outdated system is letting harmful chemicals come to market virtually unchecked by the EPA,” Rep. DeGette said. “We can’t let that happen anymore.   Under this bill, the Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, regulate chemicals that pose a threat to public health and the environment.  The bill is not perfect.  It’s the product of a bipartisan, bicameral process that involved some compromise.  But it does what needs to be done: protects the safety of Americans, especially the young and most vulnerable, from exposure to harmful chemicals.”   

The Senate bill is based on legislation that passed the House on May 24, 2016 with support from Congresswoman DeGette and other leaders on environmental matters who for years have been advocating reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act.