House committee to discuss draft chemical reform bill

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a legislative hearing next week to discuss the draft of a House bill to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws.

The TSCA Modernization Act aims to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which is widely viewed as unenforceable.  Lawmakers have already introduced two competing bills to reform the decades-old law in the Senate. Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) and Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing We can have a Green New Deal, and air travel too 2020 Dem slams Green New Deal: As realistic as Trump's claim that Mexico will pay for wall MORE (D-Mass.) are behind the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act while Sens. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHillicon Valley: House panel takes on election security | DOJ watchdog eyes employee texts | Senate Dems urge regulators to block T-Mobile, Sprint deal | 'Romance scams' cost victims 3M in 2018 Dems urge regulators to reject T-Mobile, Sprint merger Dems wary of killing off filibuster MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBottom Line Bottom Line Top 5 races to watch in 2019 MORE are pushing a bill named after the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The fight has been heated at times with Boxer and Markey accusing Udall and Vitter of letting industry daft their legislation, which they argue gives the EPA the authority to regulate any of the 84,000 chemicals in commerce. 

The House bill according to the committee chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) would provide a new system by which the Environmental Protection Agency can evaluate risks associated with chemicals already on the market.

“The TSCA Modernization Act is an effort that everyone should be able to get behind as reforming the law is a win-win for safety and our economy,” ” Shimkus said in the release. “I appreciate my colleagues’ willingness to come to the table and work together on this important issue and I’m more hopeful than ever that we can achieve bipartisan success.” 

EPA Administrator Jim Jones is expected to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.